I have devoted my professional life to food. I am currently a freelance writer, editor, translator and recipe developer. My first solo cookbook, OPEN FACED: Single-Slice Sandwiches from around the World, was published in August of 2017 by Gibbs Smith. I was a staff writer, editor, translator, recipe developer and story producer at Bon Appétit magazine for 20 years and was in charge of the only issue of the publication to win a National Magazine Award while the publication was based in Los Angeles. Concurrent with working at Bon Appétit, I was the restaurant critic for the L.A. Weekly and wrote and delivered a culinary broadcast at KCRW radio station in Santa Monica, each for seven years. I wrote the text for The Biggest Loser Cookbook; wrote the text and edited the recipes for Thermador, Taste of America, The Great American Oven Cookbook; and edited the recipes for Israel Eats by Steven Rothfeld, Monet’s Palate Cookbook, by Aileen Boardman and Derek Fell, and Pierogi Love, by Casey Barber, among others. I have been a consultant for culinary websites and food-based reality shows; have written for newspapers, websites and national and international food and travel publications; and have spoken on gastronomic panels around the world. I hold a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Le Grand Diplôme d’Etudes Culinaires from La Varenne Ecole de cuisine in Paris, and have taught at UCLA and USC. I love to travel and speak Spanish, French and Italian. My home is in Studio City, California, where I reside with my husband and most recently our daughter, who just graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University.
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