Cybele Pascal is an award-winning author of "The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook" and "The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook". When her son was diagnosed with severe food allergies in 2001, Cybele learned about allergen-free cooking and made it a priority to transform this cuisine into a delicacy. In addition to recipes she learned to prepare from her family, she spent fifteen years working in restaurants.
As a young child, Cybele was taught to cook by her grandmother, who became a superlative home chef during her many years living in Italy. Cybele believes that recipes are a form of heritage, and over the years she has learned to cook dishes handed down from her Southern ancestors, as well as her Eastern European great-grandmother, a famously gifted and enthusiastic cook who reputedly spent so much time at the oven she could lift out hot casseroles with her bare hands.
In addition to her culinary work, Cybele is also an award-winning playwright and writer. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and an Artists Diploma in Playwriting from the Juilliard School.
Cybele lives in Los Angeles with her food-allergic family: husband Adam, sons Lennon and Monte, and their dogs Izzie and Carly (who also has food allergies).