Lauren Chattman is a cookbook author, freelance writer, and former professional pastry chef.
She came to food writing in a roundabout way, after a few post-college years (she graduated from Bowdoin in 1985) in book publishing, a few years as an English professor (she received a Ph.d. from Yale in 1993) and a six-month stint in pastry and baking night school (The Institute for Culinary Education in New York City) shortly following the birth of her first daughter in 1996. After an apprenticeship at Restaurant Daniel, she and her family moved to the East End of Long Island, where she was inspired to begin a career as a cookbook author. Her first book, Cool Kitchen (Morrow, 1997), is a collection of no-cook recipes dreamed up during her first hot and hectic summer working as Pastry Chef at East Hampton’s busiest restaurant and celebrity hangout, Nick and Toni’s.
Lauren’s recipes have appeared in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Cook’s Illustrated, and the New York Times. She is the author of fourteen books, most recently Cake Keeper Cakes (Taunton 2009) and Cookie Swap! (Workman, 2010). She has also co-authored several books, including Dessert University (Simon & Schuster, 2004) with former White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier. With artisan baking expert Daniel Leader, she is the co-author of the IACP award-winning Local Breads (Norton, 2007). With Susan Matheson, she is co-author of The Gingerbread Architect (Clarkson Potter, Fall 2008)
Lauren lives in Sag Harbor, New York, with her husband and two daughters. She blogs about local food and small-town life at sagharbordays.blogspot.com.