A former caterer, restaurant owner, community newspaper editor and regional magazine food editor, I am currently food editor for The Record and Herald News, two daily Northern NJ daily newspapers. I also do freelance food and travel writing and am co-authoring a cookbook with a Certified Master Chef on beekeeping and cooking with honey.
But beyond my career, food and kitchens have been in my life since I was a kid experimenting with Jello and terrifying my mother by trying to deep-fry doughnuts. "Mastering The Art of French Cooking" was my parents' gift to me for my 14th Christmas; long before Julie Powell, I cooked my way through it. During college, I hosted full-on dinner parties in my dorm room and after graduation, made soup in my NYC fifth-floor walk-up for a neighborhood cafe.
My husband, photographer Ted Axelrod, and I blog together at Spoon & Shutter and get away with our two dogs to our favorite food city, Portland, Maine, as often as we can.
- What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
- Sea urchin
- What do you cook when home alone?
- Spaghetti carbonara
- Your most treasured kitchen possession:
- My Viking range
- The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is: