Abigail Johnson Dodge – A Biography

Abigail Johnson Dodge

The Short Story

Abigail Johnson Dodge is a James Beard nominated & IACP winning author & baker. Trained in Paris and New York under superstar chefs, Abby has become a standout star on her own. A popular food writer, instructor, media personality and longtime contributing editor to Fine Cooking magazine, she is the author of 10 cookbooks including her latest and award winning, The Everyday Baker. Abby’s recipes and articles have appeared in more than eight dozen cookbooks, print and online publications and websites. In addition to her regular blog postings, Abby hosts an online class, Baking Bootcamp, on the popular site Craftsy.com where she teaches, encourages and interacts with an international group of bakers of all skill levels to help them become better bakers. She is a regular guest on TV and radio. For more information, visit her website: www.AbbyDodge.com.

birthdayThe Longer Story
What began as a love for baking at a young age, developed into a passionate and successful career for Abby Dodge. A widely respected, award winning expert in baking and cooking for both kids and adults, as well as a popular food writer, instructor and media personality, Abby has a simple mission: To streamline baking and cooking for home cooks of all ages. Abby’s stress-free strategies and simple techniques for busy people have garnered awards, rave reviews, and a loyal following because “.. despite her serious experience, her approach is relaxed and realistic.”—Publishers Weekly


Abby is the author of ten cookbooks including her latest The Everyday Baker (The Taunton Press, 2015), a James Beard Foundation Finalist and International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award Winner. She studied in Paris at La Varenne and worked under superstars Michel Guerard and Guy Savoy, specializing in pastry. She has held food editorial posts at Parents and Woman’s Day, and has contributed to over eight dozen special-interest publications focusing on baking and family cooking. Abby is currently a contributing editor at Fine Cooking magazine, where she has been on the masthead since its first issue in 1994. She founded the magazine’s test kitchen, has written and contributed to over eighty articles to date, and serves as the magazine’s guru for all things baking. Her recipes have also graced the covers of Bon Appetit magazine. Abby’s practical advice, recipes, and tips continue to be picked up by myriad consumer magazines and websites.

abby-kitchenIn addition to her regular blog postings, Abby hosts a Baking Boot Camp. video class on the popular site Craftsy.com where she teaches and encourages an international group of bakers of all skill levels to become better bakers. She is also a popular and frequent guest on TV and Radio Her tenth book is The Everyday Baker ~ Recipes & Techniques for Foolproof Baking (The Taunton Press, Dec. 2015).

Author of Ten Popular and Award-Winning Cookbooks

Abby has contributed or co-authored many cookbooks, including:

  • Baking Out Loud (Hedy Goldsmith, Clarkson Potter 2012)
  • B. Smith’s Southern A to Z (Scribner, 2008)
  • The Joy of Cooking, 75th Anniversary Edition, 2006
  • Savoring America, 2002 (James Beard Award finalist; Ben Franklin Award winner)
  • Cookies for Christmas, 1999
  • The All New Joy of Cooking, 1997

Additional Critical Praise for Abby:

Abby’s amazing!” ~ (Dorie Greenspan, award-winning cookbook author)

Dodge knows how to write a complete recipe.” ~ (The Washington Post)

I have been a longtime Abby fan; her approach is solid in technique, her writing is simple, clear, and encouraging, and her talent is obvious.” ~ (Dede Wilson, Bakepedia)

Abby shares her years of baking wisdom with such grace and ease that everyone from pastry chefs to first time bakers will successfully create fabulous pastries.” ~ (Zoe Francois, pastry chef and cookbook author)

Abby Dodge is the best baking teacher I know, bar none.” ~ (Susie Middleton, cookbook author, farmer, and Fine Cooking editor at large)

“I took a cooking class with Abby and it was the best cooking class I’ve attended.” ~ (Amazon reviewer)

“This really shows the value of an instructor who really knows her stuff, but also knows how to teach. Highly recommended.” ~ (Craftsy reviewer)

“This is one the best decisions I have ever made! I have gained knowledge about baking that I didn’t previously have. Abby makes the class fun as well as interesting” ~ (Craftsy reviewer)

“Abby brings home the art of baking… old-school, yet practical. Thanks for making the Art of Baking accessible for us all!” ~ (Craftsy reviewer)

For more information about Abby, her classes, cookbooks, blog and videos, please visit her website. www.AbbyDodge.com

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