Ann Lindsay was born in Chicago in July of 1940. Following school at Morningside College and the University of California in Long Beach, she became a consultant to Cuisinart in Greenwich, Connecticut as a menu developer. In 1980 she moved to San Antonio where she became intrigued with Mexican food and began teaching cooking classes. Many chefs credit her as the unsung hero of Southwest Cuisine.
In 1985, the Great Chefs television team showed up at her home in Dallas, Texas to tape her for the PBS series, Great Chefs of the West, where she appeared in episodes 25 & 26. Anne Lindsay went on to write many cookbooks on Texas Cuisine and the Southwest trends.