Award-Winning Food Writer and Cookbook Author

Cheryl Sternman Rule

About Cheryl

Cheryl Sternman Rule is an award-winning food writer and cookbook author. She has been writing professionally for newspapers, magazines, and websites since 2004. Cheryl’s work has appeared in The Washington PostWomen’s HealthCooking LightSunsetBody + SoulHealthRelishVegetarian Times, the San Jose Mercury NewsMetro Silicon Valley, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Edible San Francisco, Edible Silicon ValleyThe KitchnEtsy,, and Serious Eats; and in several books published by the American Heart Association and the EatingWell Media Group. Cheryl also served as a contributing editor at EatingWell, a daily food news blogger at iVillage, and the Fresh Talk columnist at is the also voice behind the food blog 5 Second Rule, winner of both Saveur Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Food Blog in the writing category (2014) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Award for Best Culinary Blog (2012). In 2008, she won the Greenbrier Award given by the Symposium for Professional Food Writers.A graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Cheryl has worked in a commercial bakery and served as both a professional recipe tester and developer.

Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College and a Master’s degree in education from Harvard University. Prior to joining the culinary field, she worked as a researcher at Harvard, where she co-authored a three-part book series on higher education. She has also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC and spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Eritrea, East Africa.

Cheryl’s first cookbook, RIPE: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables, a collaboration with photographer Paulette Phlipot, was published by Running Press in 2012. Her second cookbook, Yogurt Culture, was published by Rux Martin / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on April 28, 2015.

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