Writer Carla de Silva - Biography

November 2011

Carla de Silva is an award-winning journalist who specializes in writing about food, travel, culture, and ethnicity. De Silva wrote for ten years for Newsday/New York Newsday, where her beat was ethnic New York and a food and culture column “Flavor of the Neighbhorhood.” While at Newsday, she won First Prize for Food Feature Writing in the United States from the Association of Food Journalists. In addition to Newsday, de Silva’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times syndicate, Food & Wine, Eating Well, Martha Stewart Living, Cuisine, and Diversion magazines. As an editor, she has worked on cookbooks, scholarly books, and novels, and as a teacher she has taught courses in food and culture at the City University of New York. Among her most acclaimed accomplishments as an editor was In Memory's Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin, a cookbook-memoir that brought together recipes from women in a Czechoslovakian concentration camp—a radical, groundbreaking new format for Holocaust literature. Not surprisingly, it was voted one of the most noteworthy books of the year by The New York Times Book Review.

De Silva is a frequent speaker at fundraisers, conferences, and seminars, and= has also been featured on local, national, and international television and radio shows, among them the "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" (PBS), "The Morning Show" (CNN), "All Things Considered" (NPR), the Food Network, and "The Voice of America." he is listed in Contemporary Authors, the chief directory in the world for author information.