Linda Civitello is the author of Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight That Revolutionized Cooking, which Smithsonian magazine named one of "The 10 Best Food Books of 2017" and Eater featured in its its list of “10 Food Books to Know About.” Civitello is also the author of Cuisine & Culture: A History of Food and People, winner of the Gourmand Award for Best Food History Book in English (US). Articles in Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City include “Windows on the World,” “The Oyster Bar at Grand Central,” and “Food, Film, and NYC.” Civitello taught "The History of Chocolate" at UCLA Extension and "Food & Art" at the Getty Center. She has served on the faculty of The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles and has appeared on television's Bizarre Foods, National Geographic (Nat Geo), and the BBC. She has spoken about food at Harvard University and before the American Chemical Society. She holds an undergraduate degree in English from Vassar College and a PhD in history from UCLA.