Cooking has always been an invigorating, family oriented practice for me. Growing up, we wouldn't start dinner until everyone was home from rehearsal/meetings/work -- which meant dinner often wasn't served until 8 or 8:30 in the evening (awfully weird for Southern Kansas). But we cooked together and it was the best part of the day. I have a bachelor's in political science from Grinnell College and a culinary arts degree from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). I have worked in lots of professional kitchens, most recently as an Executive Pastry Chef. I read voraciously (usually about food).