Beth Dooley has covered the local food scene in the Northern Heartland for twenty-five years: she is the restaurant critic for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, writes for the Taste section of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, and appears regularly on KARE 11 (NBC) television in the Twin Cities. She is author of The Northern Heartland Kitchen (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and coauthor with Lucia Watson of Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland (University of Minnesota Press, 2004), among other books.

As a guest lecturer, Beth has presented to college students and community groups. She also teaches cooking classes at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three sons.