Sylvie Berger

Award-winning food and travel writer Sylvie Bigar was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and is based in New York City. Her writing has appeared widely, including in the New York Times, Washington Post, Food & Wine,, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Edible, Departures, Travel + Leisure, and National Geographic Traveler. In French, Sylvie has contributed to Le Figaro, Histoire Magazine, Le Temps, and In 2020, her Washington Post piece on returning to the area in France where her uncle had died 75 years earlier won a New York Press Club Journalism Award for Travel Writing in the newspaper category. Two years prior, her piece “Hunting Gooseneck Barnacles on Vancouver Island,” in Departures magazine, won the bronze award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation for Best Culinary-Related Travel journalism. And in 2016, her Washington Post piece “French Cassoulet: An Obsession Boils Over” won a gold Travelers’ Tales Solas Award for Best Travel Writing in the food and travel category. Bigar co-authored chef Daniel Boulud’s definitive Daniel: My French Cuisine, as well as Living Art: Style Your Home with Flowers, with floral artist and designer Olivier Giugni. Her New York Times essay about Aimé Césaire, “Beneath Martinique’s Beauty, Guided by a Poet,” was published in Footsteps, a curated collection of New York Times travel columns. For more information visit

Articles by Sylvie Berger

This Slow-Cooked Jewish Stew Has A Secret Ingredient Perfect for Winter

This is the cholent that my recipe tester and friend, Marion Sultan, and I created. We saw a recipe with ...