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Emily Paster

Travels from: Chicago, Illinois

Expertise: Jewish cuisine, home food preservation, food swapping.

Emily Paster is the author of two cookbooks, The Joys of Jewish Preserving published in 2017 and Food Swap: Specialty Recipes for Bartering, Sharing & Giving published in 2016. She has written for publications such as The Nosher, Plate Magazine, Food52, and Eater Chicago. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School, Emily redirected her career from law to food after the birth of her second child. She is the writer and photographer behind the website West of the Loop, which has been called “a family food blog to savor.”

As the founder of the Chicago Food Swap, a community event where handmade foods are bartered and exchanged, Emily is a leader in the national food swap movement. Emily teaches and speaks on Jewish cuisine, canning and preserving throughout the country.

Cookbooks:

Food Swap: Specialty Recipes for Bartering, Sharing & Giving

The Joys of Jewish Preserving