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Tara Mataraza Desmond is a writer, cookbook author and recipe developer.

Her cookbooks include, Almost Meatless: Recipes That Are Better for Your Health and the Planet, co-authored with Joy Manning (Ten Speed Press);. Choosing Sides: From Holidays to Every Day 130 Delicious Recipes to Make the Meal (Andrews-McMeel), and Full Belly: Good Eats for a Healthy Pregnancy (Running Press)

Desmond writes about food and cooking in print and online. Her work has appeared in Eating Well, Parents Magazine, Parents.com, Clean Eating, Edible Philly, Serious Eats, The Kitchn, Whole Foods Market, Better Homes and Gardens Specialty Publications, and more.

Desmond has been a guest on national radio and television shows, including Martha Stewart Omnimedia Sirius Radio programs, Everyday Food and Whole Living; NPR’s Food Schmooze with Faith Middleton; and NBC 10’s The 10! Show.

She has cooked and tested recipes for a number of Food Network television productions, including Iron Chef America, Tyler’s Ultimate, Money Saving Meals with Sandra Lee, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, The Essence of Emeril, Emeril Live!, and Ultimate Recipe Showdown. Desmond developed and photographed recipes  for celebrity chef and Top Chef winner, Stephanie Izard. She has contributed to several cookbooks. Her blog, Crumbs On My Keyboard celebrates food and life in words and pictures.

Desmond is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University and an Associates degree in Culinary Arts from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their daughter and twin sons. She can be reached via email at taramdesmond [at] gmail [dot] com.

Culinary Expertise

Cooking from scratch

Healthful cooking

Cooking for fitness

Less-meat cooking

Vegetarian meals

Vegan cooking and baking

Allergy-aware cooking

Fresh, wholesome ingredients

Family meals

Cooking for babies and children

Cooking for pregnancy

Follow Tara on Twitter: twitter.com/TaraMDesmond