Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
My parents almost always made Chinese food when I was growing up. So, in order to have anything different, my brother and I learned to make a few things. My brother learned how to make Buffalo chicken wings and tacos. I learned how to make fettucini alfredo. I once even got really ambitious and made prime rib and Yorkshire pudding, even though I'd never eaten Yorkshire pudding before. My parents were really supportive and happy to eat what we cooked.
What's your least favorite food?
I really don't like sea cucumber. I don't think I'll ever get over that it looks like a big slimy slug.
What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
I've been obsessed with the Tartine Bread cookbook by Chad Robertson. I fell in love with the bread and am very happy that I can make it at home now! I've learned a lot about bread making from it and am overcoming my fear of foreign sounding terms like "poolish".
Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
Not that spectacular but I recently lit an oven mitt on fire when I left it too close to the stove top. "Hmm, what's that smell? Uh oh!"