International food and travel writer Sylvie Bigar was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and is fluent in three languages: French, English, and Italian. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Saveur, Food Arts, Departures, Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, National Geographic Traveler, Gotham, Hamptons, Edible, Time Out New York, Air Canada, Passport Magazine, Narratives, Southampton Press, and New York Resident, for which she has also served as food editor. Last year, she covered the culinary competition, the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France, via live Twitter for bonappetit.com. In French, Sylvie has contributed to her hometown newspaper, Geneva’s Le Temps and New York’s FrenchMorning.com. She can be found on Twitter as Frenchiefoodie.
Sylvie is the co-author of Chef Daniel Boulud’s Daniel: My French Cuisine for Grand Central Publishing in which the French chef delivers a definitive yet personal cookbook centered on his love of French cuisine. The book features 75 signature recipes, plus an additional 12 for the home cook, informative essays on such essential subjects as bread and cheese (bien sûr), and a humorous section by Bill Buford relating the preparation of ten iconic French dishes. In 2010, Sylvie co-wrote Living Art: Style Your Home with Flowers with renowned floral artist and designer Olivier Giugni for Atria Books.
Her palate was put to work as a recipe taster for New York Times food writer Florence Fabricant’s three most-recent cookbooks: Park Avenue Potluck, Volumes I and II, and the 2009 edition of The New York Restaurant Cookbook (all published by Rizzoli).
Always seeking the most rewarding experiences to share with gourmands and globetrotters alike, Sylvie’s many adventures have led her to explore the hidden paths of Crete’s ancient cities, the casbahs of Morocco, the fortified city of Carcassonne, the remote Swiss village of Mund with its seductive saffron, the culinary revival in post-Communist Prague, and the ancestral French quest to make the perfect cassoulet, to name only a few.
A dedicated traveler and gourmande, Sylvie is based in New York City, where she lives with her two children, two dogs, and three passports.