Nina Simonds is an award-winning journalist and author, who is one of the country’s top authorities on Asian cooking with a special focus on health and lifestyle. In 2001, Newsweek Magazine named her named her one of America’s Top Twenty-Five Asia Hands. Her last book Spices of Life: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Great Health not only received a James Beard award, but was recently selected by Cooking Light Magazine as their number one choice in the health category for cookbooks written in the last 25 years. Her best-selling Asian Noodles and A Spoonful of Ginger also won both IACP and James Beard Foundation Book Awards. Simonds is the recipient of four James Beard Awards. Simonds recently completed a rigorous one year course to become a Certified Whole Health Educator and Coach at the National Institute of Whole Health, one of the most highly respected schools in the U.S. by prominent doctors, nutritionists, and dieticians.
At the age of nineteen, Nina Simonds traveled to Taipei, Taiwan to study Chinese cuisine and culture. She lived and studied there for three and a half years under the direction of Chinese master chefs and helped translate and write three cookbooks from Chinese to English with Huang Su Huei, a prominent figure in Chinese cooking in the Far East. Simonds is fluent in the Mandarin dialect and also holds a Grande Diplome in Classic French Cuisine from LaVarenne, Ecole de Cuisine in Paris. Simonds returns to Asia and Europe each year for further research.
Her food/health/lifestyle website with innovative video blogs (www.spicesoflife.com) that feature some of the country’s foremost nutritionists, celebrity chefs, and cooking tutorials was launched in February of 2006 and has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and on The Daily Beast/Newsweek.
Simonds was a Correspondent / Contributing Editor for Gourmet Magazine for seven years and had been a contributor there since 1981.She has also been a regular contributor to The New York Times since 1982 and to O Magazine for 5 years. Her articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Epicurious.com, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Health Cooking Light, Harper’s Bazaar, Bon Appetit, Family Circle, and Self magazine.
In 2001, Simonds hosted a public television food/health/lifestyle special “A Spoonful of Ginger: Food as Medicine“ which won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Television Special. She was an active member of the Nutrition Roundtable at the Harvard School of Public Health for the past ten years, helping to build and improve www.nutritionsource.com
Simonds has taught classes in cooking schools across the United States and Canada for the last 40 years and she has lectured and demonstrated numerous times at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. She has taught classes and workshops with Dr. Walter Willett, Chairman of Nutrition of the Harvard School of Public Health and Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.
Simonds has appeared on television programs throughout the United States including The Today Show and Martha Stewart Living, as well as on various programs on the Food Network. She has also been featured on National Public Radio’s “The Diane Rehm Show,” “Morning Edition,” and “Fresh Air”.