Writer Maria Speck - Biography

April 2012

Growing up and living in Greece and Germany, Maria Speck was heavily influenced by Mediterranean cuisine and the Northern European tradition of whole grain foods. When she moved to the United States in 1993, she brought this heritage with her, and it became the core inspiration of her work as both teacher and a writer. Speck is the author of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, a book that presents ways to incorporate complex grains into the modern kitchen. The book received accolades from The New York Times, Washington Post, and Cooking Light. It has also won a Gourmand Award and the International Association of Culinary Professional’s First Book Award. Beyond cookbook writing, Speck teaches at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and has more than 20 years of reporting and journalism research experience. As a freelance writer, Speck has contributed to Gourmet, Saveur, Gastronomica, and the Vegetarian Times.