This all started with a short essay by Alan Davidson and a conversation with my best friend Jessica Nicoll. Davidson wrote about the Thai custom of distributing a small cookbook to mourners at a funeral. I thought this an absolutely charming idea. When I mentioned my plan to my friend Jessica she hesitantly agreed. “The problem with that idea is that when you’re dead, I’ll probably be dead too.” Point taken. So instead I started this blog.

While I really wanted to write a cookbook, to give to family and friends while I was alive (because I do listen to my friends), cookbooks take time. So does writing a cooking blog – but blog posts can be written in smaller chunks of time. The way eating a slice of watermelon takes less time than eating the whole watermelon.

So when I turned 49 I planned to blog about my favorite 50 recipes, which would celebrate the first 50 years of my life. It was supposed to be finished when I wrote about my fiftieth recipe. Along the way I realized how much I loved the process of writing and telling food stories. So despite having published more than 50 recipes, I’m still posting.

A very young cook

I got an early start

I’ve been paid to cook since I was 13, though I was spending time in the kitchen long before that. By 18 I knew I wanted to be a cook. In my mid 20s I shifted from restaurants to food styling, which is really just cooking for the eyes. I’ve make food look pretty for photography, television, and videos. Along the way I’ve taught cooking classes, catered, made a whole bunch of wedding cakes (including my own), hosted a kid’s cooking show before the Food Network ever existed, developed recipes, wrote articles for kid’s magazines, and tested recipes for several cookbooks. I’ve been lucky to  spend much of my life around food. For me cooking is like breathing –  I do it because my the place I’m happiest is in the kitchen.

Easy Bake Oven

My first oven – the Easy Bake Oven

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