Annelies Zijderveld is the author of Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea, published by Andrews McMeel, April 2015. She is a food writer and creator of the literary food blog, the food poet, selected by Alimentum Journal as one of their favorite food blogs. Her passion for working with good food companies started during her 8 years heading up marketing at Mighty Leaf Tea. She is the digital media section chair for the International Association of Culinary Professionals and an associate editor of Poetry International. Her work has been published on Today, Edible Sacramento, Remedy Quarterly, Arthouse America and others. She holds an MFA in poetry from New England College and lives in Oakland with her husband and sourdough pet, Salvatore.


Now that we’ve gotten the three thousand-feet-above-the-air details out of the way, I want you to draw in a bit closer. Welcome. My voracious appetite for eating and the intertwined twins of reading and writing have been longtime companions. In college, I studied news print journalism and poetry. In graduate school, I plunged into intercultural studies, deeply fascinated in what makes us the same and what makes us unique. Later on, I continued graduate school, studying and writing poetry with some of the most giving and talented mentors. For 14 years, I have worked with good food brands in marketing both through traditional and digital practices. And now, here I am with you.

Each of us has something to teach and each of us has something to learn. When able, I try to funnel energy into volunteering with No Kid Hungry through teaching cooking classes as part of their Cooking Matters program.  If I attempted to describe my cooking style it would be “multicultural comfort food” and I’m always interested in discovering my next favorite cup of tea. Bittersweet chocolate trumps milk chocolate. And a kick of chile always makes things go down smoother. I’m glad you are here. If you like, say hello. Send me your current food obsession. Share a poem. Thanks for visiting.

– Annelies

PS- Before you go, feast on a food poem: “Dear Plastic Bagged Bread.”

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