Linda Dannenberg was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and raised in the nearby suburb of Newton. She graduated from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut as a language major specializing in Italian literature. After college, she spent a year in Paris, working as a trainee at an haute couture fabric house. She returned to the United States and moved to New York, beginning her professional media career at CBS News, working as a researcher in the network’s News Library. She later worked as a feature writer and Books Editor at Family Circle magazine, and then moved on to Working Woman as the magazine’s founding Features Editor.
She is currently a freelance writer, editor and translator. Her first book, The Paris Way of Beauty, was published by Simon & Schuster. She has subsequently authored or co-authored 13 books: Pierre Deux’s French Country; Pierre Deux’s Brittany; Pierre Deux’s Normandy; Pierre Deux’s Paris Country (all Literary Guild selections); Paris Bistro Cooking; Paris Boulangerie-Pâtisserie (from Clarkson Potter); Ducasse: Flavors of France, with Alain Ducasse from Artisan; French Tarts; Perfect Vinaigrettes; Fresh Herb Cooking; and True Blueberry from Stewart, Tabori & Chang. She also produces an annual desk calendar in collaboration with French photographer Guillaume de Laubier --The French Country Diary--inaugurated in 1989 by Workman Publishing. Among the works she has translated from French are Ducasse Made Simple , There Are Still Kings: The Ten Royal Families of Europe, by Laure Boulay de la Meurthe, and Everyday French Cooking, by Christian Constant.
Her 2004 design book, New French Country, a lavishly illustrated book on the style and lifestyle of Provence, was published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers. French Country Kitchens , also from Potter, debuted in November, 2008. It features 65 authentic French kitchens from simple to spectacular.
In addition to producing more than a dozen books, Linda Dannenberg is also an active contributor to many magazines, writing on design, travel, and food. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, The Wine Spectator, Town & Country, Departures, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, House Beautiful, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times.
She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, Steve, and their son, Ben.