About Linda Eckhardt


Linda West Eckhardt

Linda Eckhardt Consulting
About the Founder

Linda Eckhardt has deep roots in the food business. Beginning with a U.Texas degree in Foods and Nutrition, she became the first food editor for Texas Monthly, which won the national magazine award in its first year of publication.

From there she wrote The Only Texas Cookbook positively reviewed by both The New York Times and the New York Review of Books. This led to a fifteen year period where she wrote a baker’s dozen books, including Bread in Half the Time, named the best cookbook in America by the Julia Child IACP award committee.

Fast forward to 2000, and she and her daughter Katherine DeFoyd wrote two James Beard award winning cookbooks: Entertaining 101, followed by Stylish One Dish Dinners.

Her radio program with Jennifer English’s Food and Wine Radio Network, with a show called “I Know what You Ate Last Summer” was nominated for a James Beard prize for food radio soon after.

Keeping her eye on the marketplace, she then founded Everybody Eats News, an online food magazine, named by LinkedIn as “most influential food internet presence” in 2012. Well into its third year, her magazine has grown to be a full service report on the food business, with columns about food trends, politics, health, travel, wine, and spirits as well as the very latest recipes and food ideas.

All this time, Mz. Eckhardt has had a foot in the public relations arena. She developed a boutique public relations business as clients came to her with specific requests. She has acted as a consultant to boutique food entities, celebrity cookbook authors, and health professionals with an eye on nutrition.

To that end, she has helped get clients on “the Oprah’s Favorite Things”, list, “The Today Show”, and treasured spots on gift lists in many major magazines for the all-important fourth quarter.

She has also ghosted cookbooks for celebrities in both the food and health sectors. She has helped create websites, and begin social media presences for a number of clients.

In addition, she has developed recipes and brochures for food and health clients. She cooperates with public relations firms from outside the New York City area, who wish to bring their clients to New York for desk side visits with editors and producers.

She has acted as consultant in the food sector to artisanal food producers since the publication of her book, Linda Eckhardt’s Guide to America’s Best Foods, and remains a committed spokesperson for small business in the food production arena.

She has acted as a consultant to home kitchen remodels and has designed several kitchens from scratch.

She remains a dedicated food and health writer, who both cooks and writes every day.

As she says, “Everybody eats every day, if they’re lucky.”