About Linda Naylor

Linda Naylor

It’s very, very easy to eat really, really well.

My passion is food. And confection. And spirituality. Cooking, writing and teaching about food.  Learning, experimenting with and contemporizing confection. I’m a recent Baking & Pastry Management program graduate from the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland.

As a complement to my continuing culinary training, I completed “Food Blogging with Steven Shaw” at the International Culinary Institute in New York City. Six weeks of snagging flights between Cincinnati and the City and staying in cheap hotels (if such a thing can be said to exist in New Y0rk). What fun.

Interwoven in my food interests is promoting the national sustainable food culture, local family farms and the farm-to-table culture.  I have a particular interest in artisan food producers. Don’t you love watching someone doing one thing really, really well?  I write about sustainability and high-quality food adventures, no matter how simple or elaborate, wherever my travels lead. And I gently poke at topical food conversations to tempt readers into taking better care of themselves and others.

In 2014, I founded Essential Confection, a new confectionary business whose flagship products are voluptuous caramels in flavors of sugar and cream, salted chocolate, chocolate espresso, orange, cinnamon and anise.  At Essential Confection, we have neither time nor patience for preservatives, extenders or gums. Just the very, very best ingredients. Other product offerings on the horizon. Oh yes, our business model allows our guests (customers) to choose to which food org a donation is made each time they purchase our goodies. Super-cool, yes?

Qualified recipient org categories: organic farms, artisan food producers, childhood food education programs, food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, orgs preserving food cultures, sustainable food orgs, food system animal care orgs, emergency food services, orgs supporting smallholder farmers, agro-biodiversity and food sovereignty orgs, micro-financing and grant organizations for sustainable farming.

Essential Confection celebrates the events in our guests’ lives. We love celebrating life events.

I love to travel, write and read, and enjoy growing orchids and writing poetry (who knew?) when I’m not cooking.  Biscuit and Mocha are my dear canine friends.

Miss Biscuit, Ms Mocha


4 Responses to About Linda Naylor

  1. Linda,

    This is Jenny, Mike Koester’s daughter. I am so sorry I did not reply to your call. I found your blog, obviously, and it looks divine. I will share this with m sister who is wonderful in the kitchen. I do well, I do not cook as often as I used to, but I do enjoy it.

    I would love to meet sometime, perhaps at the park or for a cup of coffee. I left my phone at home- sigh. So I am quite pleased that I have this method to reach out and say, hello.

    Merry Christmas to you and those you love.


    • Hi Jenny. Great to hear from you. I’d love to meet for coffee sometime, and when it seems wise, perhaps meet at Ault Park. Thanks for the Civic Garden Center reco. I registered for the next community garden class, so I should be able to hit the ground running in the spring. My email address is linda@theessentialgarden.com; phone is 513.587.3513. Have a wonderful holiday. Linda

  2. Marcy robbe says:

    Got your note in the mail today! How wonderful for you to follow your dream! Happy New Year! Love ya
    Marcy & Dave

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