About Sally

Hello there…here’s all about moi!

I have had a long career as both writer and photographer, working closely with the Boston Globe’s food pages and now the website Simplyrecipes.com

I am a writer, stylist, and photographer and the author of 

The Cranberry Cookbook, (Globe Pequot Press)

Food for Friends (Ten Speed Press)

The Tao of Cooking (Ten Speed Press)

I am currently working on The Blueberry Cookbook for Down East Press for 2019 publication.

I launched my culinary career as a line cook at a restaurant near Woodstock, NY and studied pastry at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park NY.

I teach workshops!

Future food styling and photography workshops at the moment.

January 2019 Maine Media Workshops I’m excited to collaborate with Nancy Harmon Jenkins for a week of food writing and photography. Maine in the dead of winter, you ask? Well, it’s a side of Maine you probably never see, and Nancy and I are cooking up some pretty out-of-the-ordinary plans for you.

April 5 & 6, 2019 Boston University with Sheryl Julian Writer, stylist, and long time editor of The Boston Globe food pages.


After graduation from college with a degree in French (good luck with that) I was casting around for what to do with my life when I landed at a small, roadside restaurant in Big Indian, in the New York Catskills (aka, the middle of nowhere.)

 Thanksgiving for more than 100, not a problem. (Sally Pasley with Annie Ehrenclou)

Thanksgiving for more than 100, not a problem. (Sally Pasley with Annie Ehrenclou)

It was there I met my mentor, Chef Eugene Bernard. He didn’t believe women belonged in the professional kitchen. I proved him wrong and he trained me. He even sent me to the CIA (that’s Culinary Institute, not the other CIA) to learn pastry with Albert Kumin. The restaurant got a lot bigger and I cooked and baked and did the books and all the other stuff you do in a restaurant that is totally exhausting. The rest, as they say, is history.

 The late Eugene Bernard

The late Eugene Bernard