120613_lutz_zester_109-Edit_headshotSusan Lutz is an artist, teacher, and television producer who is currently writing a book about heirloom foods and the American tradition of Sunday dinner.  She has been a certified Master Food Preserver through the University of California Cooperative Extension, teaching community members food preservation techniques.

She has produced over 300 hours of documentary and non-fiction television programming for numerous cable networks including The Food Network, HGTV, A&E and History on topics that range from food chemistry to knitting.    She produced a two hour documentary special “Ancient Mysteries: Voodoo!” which won a Cine Golden Eagle Award.  She is the recipient of a Parsons Fund Grant for Ethnography from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and a semifinalist in the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, sponsored by The Academy Foundation, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Her photography and video installation work has been shown throughout the US and Europe and is held in the permanent collections of the Long Beach Museum of Art in Long Beach, California and The New Museum in New York City.  She has taught photography at The University of Virginia and Los Angeles City College.

Raised in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley (where her father still cures his own hams), she now lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area, but misses Los Angeles and her backyard loquat trees.

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