Alysa Salzberg

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Paris, France
New York University
French Cuisine, Italian-American Food, Food History
  • One of Alysa's prized possessions is a preserved piece of bread from the 1870-1871 Siege of Paris.
  • She regularly blogs about the interesting diet of Parisians during that time, which included eating rats, dogs, cats, and zoo animals.
  • Alysa is on a years-long quest to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie in Paris (if indeed one exists).


Perpetually curious, Alysa loves to discover and deepen her knowledge of other places and cultures through travel and cooking. She also enjoys researching the history behind her favorite foods. An adventurous amateur cook and baker, her favorite dishes to make include galette des rois and her family's traditional meatballs and tomato sauce ("gravy" if you're from northern New Jersey). One of her biggest regrets is frying andouille sausages in a hot, poorly ventilated kitchen. Alysa has been a freelance writer for more than two decades and has penned everything from ghostwritten articles about green burial to educational pieces about French, her second language. She's also written a historical fantasy novel and a book about selfies.


Alysa is a graduate of New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her art history concentration allowed her to explore New York's museums and learn about art and culture around the world. She spent a year studying abroad at NYU's Paris campus and was the recipient of the 2002 New York University French Department Book Award.

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