Jan 05 2010
Welcome to LivBites! I’m a San Francisco resident in my 20s who’s been motivated to learn how to cook all my favorite foods, thanks to my love of eating (especially out in civilized restaurants with good company). As a Mississippi native, those favorites often include Southern classics that I grew up eating at home, and my mom — who’s an amazing cook and hostess — is the inspiration behind many of the recipes you’ll find here.
After graduating from Northwestern University with degrees in Journalism and French, I enrolled in culinary school in September 2010 to pursue a career in food writing. I decided when I was six that I was going to be a writer, and to sum it up, all the best stories I have to tell are the ones that involve good food and better friends.
I also spent a semester in Paris my junior year of college, where I developed a deep appreciation for the country’s much-celebrated gastronomie. Let’s just say learning to make the perfect Tarte Tatin is among my many culinary goals.
A number of the recipes I use are adapted from Southern cookbooks given to me by family and friends, but I’m constantly searching for good ones online as well. For the most part I try to cook healthy foods, but don’t hold me to it –I believe in celebrating over delicious meals with quality ingredients first and foremost. And what’s a celebration without dessert? I also subscribe to several food and wine magazines, and reading cookbooks and chronicling my adventures in the kitchen is just about my favorite past time.
Usually I’m just cooking for myself and John, my wonderful assistant, but occasionally I’ll get some friends together for a dinner party. Also among my culinary goals: mastering the art of hostess-ing.
Oh, and I LOVE pizza.