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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Nancy Ross Ryan  

Pen Name: Nancy DeRoin

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1934 in Washington, D.C.


Illinois Connection

Nancy Ross Ryan was the founder of Fresh Food Writing, based in Chicago, Illinois and specialized in food writing, consulting, recipe testing and development for a variety of clients. She co-authored two books about the historic Berghoff restaurant located in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nancy Ross Ryan was a writer with a flair for synthesis and a gift for revitalizing familiar subjects. Her broad knowledge of food and wine, food history and health and nutrition was acquired during a long career in food writing. She began writing for national newspapers and magazines. Before her marriage, she wrote under her maiden name, Nancy DeRoin. Later in her career, she edited and wrote cookbooks.

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