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. I write The Dinner Files and serve as the guide to Local Foods for About.com. My work has appeared in numerous other places, including 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. My humor essay “Scrambled Eggs” 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.
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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