Ellen Brown, the author of more than 20 cookbooks, gained the national limelight in 1982 as the founding food editor of USA Today. Her books include Gourmet Gazelle Cookbook, winner of the IACP Award, and Cooking with the New American Chefs, a Tastemaker Award finalist. From 2003 to 2008 she was allied with Alpha Books as an author for its popular series on basic instruction, The Complete Idiot's Guides. Her nine books covered topics as diverse as slow cooker cooking and fondues to juicing and a dictionary of cooking substitutions. Just released by Lyons Press is a series of five regional American grilling books, and other topics she has written about range from sushi to smoothies.
Her writing has appeared in more than two dozen publications, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times syndicate, the Prodigy computer network, Bon Appetit, Art Culinaire, The Baltimore Sun, The San Francisco Chronicle, Tables, Good Food, Showcase, and Diversion.
In 1985, she was honored by Cook's magazine, who selected her for inclusion in the prestigious "Who's Who of Cooking in America." Profiles of her have appeared in The Washington Post, The Detroit News, Coastal Living, and The Miami Herald. She was also shown in an episode on Food Finds, shown nationally on the Television Food Network. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.