Cooking in the Spicebox Kitchen
Linda Shiue, MD, Chef
September 15, 2021


Linda Shiue is a practicing physician, chef and founder of Thrive Kitchen at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, a popular vegetable-forward teaching kitchen to inspire people to cook for health. She believes that the best medicine is prevention. Her cooking classes showcase seasonal produce, lavishly flavored with spices and fresh herbs. Her food writing has been published widely and she has been interviewed frequently on television and in print.

Aside from durian and bitter melon, Linda Shiue, MD, Chef, hasn’t met a fruit or vegetable she doesn’t like. Her openness to new flavors has led others to challenge her with armadillo and bunny ears, and for others to lie about her ethnicity in an attempt to access the secret menu at a local Cambodian restaurant. After she took her first French cooking class at age seven, it took almost 40 more years before she finally went to culinary school at the San Francisco Cooking School. In between, she studied anthropology and medicine at Brown, with fieldwork in rural Sichuan, China and in uber-urban Singapore, continued her medical training at the University of California, San Francisco, and learned about plant-based nutrition at Cornell University.  


She has been known to play spin-the-globe to choose travel destinations. An enthusiastic eater, she inspires strangers to copy her order, and restaurant chefs to send her a little something special.

In addition to practicing medicine and running Thrive Kitchen, she is the mother of two teenage daughters in San Francisco. Spicebox Kitchen: Eat Well and Be Healthy with Globally Inspired, Vegetable Forward Recipes is her first cookbook.  


At the salon:

Learn about Linda Shiue's journey to practicing culinary medicine and founding a teaching kitchen for patients, and her approach to healthy cooking which focuses on flavor first. You'll learn about her debut cookbook, Spicebox Kitchen, which combines her training in medicine with her love of cooking and offers spice-filled recipes inspired by her travels.  Dr. Shiue will be demonstrating a few recipes from Spicebox Kitchen.

Contact information:

Facebook: @thedoctorsspicebox

Instagram: @spiceboxtravels

Twitter: @spiceboxtravels

Follow her culinary adventures at 

Click here to purchase Linda's cookbook: Spicebox Kitchen


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