Russ Crandall is the blogger, home chef, and The New York Times-bestselling author behind popular food blog His award-winning recipes focus on classic, traditional, and international dishes from a historical, linguistic, and cultural perspective. A native of Washington state, he has served active duty in the U.S. Navy since 2000.

In his 20s he suffered a number of life-threatening illnesses, was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune condition, and was sent home with a lifetime's worth of medications. Disenchanted with modern medicine, Russ started searching for his own answers and quickly discovered that eating a traditional, nutrient-rich diet alleviated most of the medical issues that had plagued him for years.

His debut cookbook, The Ancestral Table, was released in 2014, and his second cookbook, The New York Times-bestselling (and Paleo Magazine's Best New Cookbook of 2015) Paleo Takeout, released in 2015. Russ has worked as a contributor to Food & Wine, Yahoo! Food, and’s Kitchen Daily; his recipes have also been featured in People Magazine, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and Mashable. His blog was a finalist in the 2013 Saveur Best Food Blog Awards. Russ lives with his wife and two children in Norfolk, VA.