Elinor Griffith

Inspirational writer, editor and culinary guide. Think of small-group cooking in Julia Child’s home in the South of France, and elsewhere.

Elinor Griffith is a writer, editor and culinary guide. MORE magazine, in its book 287 Secrets of Reinventing Your Life, includes Elinor among 50 noteworthy women nationwide. That story spotlights her career reinvention to lead cooking trips to Julia Child’s home in France.

Elinor's storytelling training comes as a former editor at Reader’s Digest where she produced top-rated articles for what was the world’s most widely read magazine (100 million readers). She has written three books:

THE VIRTUES OF COOKING: Packed with stories and recipes, gorgeous photos and quirky sketches, this “keepsake” book offers an unconventional recipe for a good life. The book rolls out a new technique called “Virtues Cooking.” Simply put, a virtue is paired with a recipe to help you bring out that quality in your home. Guideposts, the inspirational magazine started by “Mr. Positive Thinking” Norman Vincent Peale, featured Elinor recently in “Meals with Meaning.” Additional info on

FIRST THING EVERY MORNING: written for motivational speaker Lewis Timberlake, this book has 25,000+ copies in print and is also packaged as a 365-day inspirational calendar.

THE OLD DUTCH CHURCH OF SLEEPY HOLLOW: Legends and Lore of the Oldest Church in New York. Co-written for the church’s 325th anniversary, this book captures its fascinating history, including as the setting for Washington Irving’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

Elinor was the editor/ghost-writer for many other books; see