Food writer, journalist, & recipe developer. I publish gluten-free, naturally sweet recipes, and essays.

About me and this site

I’m Nicole Spiridakis, a writer, editor, and home baker. I currently live in Northern California with my husband and daughters; previously we lived in Sydney, Australia, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Casablanca, Morocco, as a Foreign Service family and part of the U.S. mission abroad. Previous to that I lived, wrote, and cooked in San Francisco.

I’ve written about food — as well as life in a tiny apartment and the occasional travel piece — for various news outlets since my early days working for Reuters in Washington, DC. You can read some of my writing work here. My cookbook, Flourless. Recipes for Naturally Gluten-Free Desserts, was published by Chronicle Books in August 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your book about?

My cookbook Flourless, Recipes for Naturally Gluten-Free Desserts, was published by Chronicle Books in 2014. It contains a wide selection of gluten-free goodies, from cookies, to puddings, to cakes and cupcakes, to candy, all naturally gluten-free.

Where can I find your other writing work?

My writing has been published in various news outlets such as Reuters, NPR Online, New York Times, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, San Francisco Chronicle, and many other local and national publications. A selection of my published work is available here.

Did you really live in Saudi Arabia?

Yes! We spent two years in Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as part of the U.S. diplomatic community. More writing about our experiences as a Foreign Service family can be found in the “essays” section of this site.

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What I post

I write and post recipes that are naturally gluten-free and call for unrefined sugars (and less of them). My baking philosophy is to create recipes that are simple, interesting, delicious, and made from whole foods and easy to find ingredients. More about what supplies you’ll need to bake these recipes is in the FAQ section.

I’m a vegetarian, and most of the blog archives contain vegetarian and vegan recipes, always with a healthful slant. My earlier baking recipes are more traditional, incorporating all-purpose flours and sugar, but there are also gluten-free and lower sugar recipes — leading into a transition into naturally gluten-free and naturally sweetened recipes.

I also write about life and particularly our life spent overseas; these are collected in the Essays section of the site.

When I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and it is all one.

M.F.K. Fisher

Thank you for being here.

I love to hear from readers! Please let me know if you have any questions about a recipe posted here or in my book. Baking gluten-free can be tricky, and I love chatting about it.

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