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Bev Shaffer is a chef, traveling culinary instructor, and author as well as the director of Mustard Seed Market and Café Cooking Schools in Akron and Solon, Ohio. She has developed more than nine thousand recipes on a wide variety of subjects, including seafood, desserts (especially chocolate), sides, and grains, and was invited to teach a Winter Comfort Food Workshop at the James Beard House in New York City.
A regular columnist for Northern Ohio Live magazine, Shaffer is the author of the popular weekly "Ask Bev" column in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She crafts seasonal recipes with food tips for the Mountain Valley Spring Water Web site under the Red Oval Society section and is a food-community expert on chocolate for the Web site A Million Cooks.
The recipient of many awards and commendations, she was presented with the Outstanding Contribution Award by the Ohio Dietetic Association. A member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Chefs Collaborative, and Women Chefs & Restaurateurs and a founding member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, Northeast Ohio/Cleveland chapter, Shaffer is the author of Brownies to Die For!, Cookies to Die For!, and Mustard Seed Market & Café Natural Foods Cookbook, all available from Pelican.