Cheryl Sternman Rule

Cheryl Sternman Rule is an award-winning food writer and cookbook author. Her work has appeared in Women’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 She is the 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. Visit her website for more information.

YOGURT CULTURE will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015.

jpegLong celebrated as a versatile ingredient in cuisines across the globe, yogurt has recently emerged as a food of nearly unparalleled growth here in the United States. The time has come for a modern, far-ranging cookbook devoted to its untapped culinary uses.

In Yogurt Culture, award-winning food writer Cheryl Sternman Rule presents 115 flavorful recipes, taking yogurt farther than the breakfast table, lunchbox, or gym bag. Rule strips yogurt of its premixed accessories and brings it back to its pure, wholesome essence. In chapters like Flavor, Slurp, Dine, and Lick, she pairs yogurt not just with fruit but with meat, not just with sugar but with salt, not just with herbs but with fragrant spices whose provenance spans the globe. She provides foolproof, step-by-step instructions for how to make yogurt, Greek yogurt, and labneh at home, though all of her recipes can also be prepared with commercial yogurt.

Rule explores yogurt from every angle, explaining how to read a label, visiting producers large and small, and gaining entry to the kitchens of cooks from around the world. Deeply researched and peppered with stories, interviews, and full-color photographs, Yogurt Culture offers a fresh, comprehensive take on a beloved food.

RIPE: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables (2012)

Eat fruits and vegetables not because you’re told you should, but because you want them in every sense of the word. Because they are beautiful. And satisfying. And you desire their freshness, flavor, and simplicity. That’s why Ripe is arranged by color, not season.

Author and food writer Cheryl Sternman Rule, who is also the voice behind the popular blog 5 Second Rule, and award-winning food photographer Paulette Phlipot, have teamed up to bring inspiration to hungry home cooks. Their goal is not to deliver another lecture on eating for the sake of nutrition or environmental stewardship (though they affirm that both are important), but to tempt others to “embrace the vegetable, behold the fruit” because these foods are versatile, gorgeous, and taste terrific.

Each fruit and vegetable is accompanied by a lighthearted essay, breathtaking photography, and one showcase recipe, along with three “quick-hit” recipe ideas. With 150 photos and 75 recipes, this unique cookbook will quicken your pulse and leave you very, very hungry.

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