About Me

Sheri Castle is a professional food writer, recipe developer, recipe tester, and culinary instructor. She is known for melding storytelling, humor, and culinary expertise, so she can tell a tale while making a memorable meal.

She is the author of The New Southern Garden Cookbook: Recipes for Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers’ Markets, Roadside Stands and CSA Boxes, The University of North Carolina Press, 2011. Among the accolades, this book was selected as the 2012 Cookbook of the Year by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA). It was also named a notable book by The New York Times and a recommended book by The Washington Post. Recipes and excerpts from the book have appeared in dozens of newspapers, magazines, and Web sites across the country.

Sheri won the 2011 AIWF Foundation Scholarship for Recipe Writing presented in honor of Julia Child.

She was on the Gilt Taste team that won the 2012 Bert Green Journalism New Media Award for instructive food articles with recipes from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).

Sheri has tested and developed the recipes for several award-winning cookbooks, including, The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook, published by The University of Georgia Press, 2010.

Sheri’s work has appeared in Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Cooking, People Country, Gilt Taste, NPR’s Kitchen Window, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Times- Picayune, The News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer, WNC Magazine, Living in Style, Taste of the South, Cornbread Nation 3 and 4, and numerous other magazines cookbook anthologies, syndicated newspaper columns, Web sites, and blogs.

Sheri is a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Slow Foods USA, and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains, she lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband Doug Tidwell, daughter Lily Castle Tidwell, and beloved dog Domino.


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