I'm into craft. I like things handmade, curated, and finely done.

I work as a writer, and do some recipe development along the way. Lately, I've also been dishing out a lot of advice. I apply the common sense I acquired by a wicked combination of nature and nurture in the column Ask a (Sensible) Midwesterner and address etiquette questions for Serious Eats at Manner Matters. I serve as the Local Foods expert for and spend a fair amount of time feeling guilty about not updating the once prolific The Dinner Files.

My work has appeared in numerous other places, including The Washington Post, Cooking Light, Elle magazine, The New York Times, Edible San Francisco, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Not to mention the scores of articles I wrote for Sunset magazine when I was the staff food writer from 2005 to 2008.

The humor essay “Scrambled Eggs” that I wrote was included in the San Francisco Chronicle best-seller The Bigger the Better the Tighter the Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image, and Other Hazards of Being Female, and received some critical acclaim, which was lovely to read. My piece "A Snail's Tail" was included in Best Food Writing 2013, which was pretty cool. And then "How to Cook a Turkey" was included in Best Food Writing 2014, which was, remarkably, just as cool.

Before all this, though, I earned a PhD in Modern European History at Stanford University by reading scandalous novels, Parisian tabloids, and police records. I then wrote a dissertation about French whores at the turn-of-the-last-century, a subject I've always thought would make a good book that I may write someday.

Besides reading and writing, I like to hand sew quilts, ski steep hills covered in deep powder, and both swim in and stare at open water. I prefer hiking up to walking down, savory to sweet, and motion to stasis. I like corner pieces, cheese rinds, and edges of most kinds.

I live in San Francisco (where winters feel colder than those of my native Minnesota, no matter what the locals say) with my dashing husband and omnivorous son.

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