Jan 05 2010


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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.

10 responses so far

10 Responses to “About”

  1. Davidon 13 Jan 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Well, here we are after reading your blog. Your mom, her assistant Bob, Christi , Bill and I have just finished a wonderful birthday dinner of Southern Seafood Gumbo, Fresh Broiled Salmon with Spinach, Tossed Goat Cheese & Avacado Salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing (old family recipe) warm chocalate lava cakes with fresh strawberries and vanilla bean ice cream and plenty of palette pleasing wine. (and Budweiser in the bottle)

  2. Billyon 14 Jan 2010 at 1:04 pm

    The tea party concept is alive and well here in the South, but it masquerades in many faces. Currently, we are going through the “Senior Party” genre. Since the ones I have attended were for young men, they generally have football or basketball themes and all of the attendees wear identical North Face clothing. In fact, they all look exactly alike! Of course the food is more like bar food than the genteel tea party menus. Chili, nachos, burgers, fried onion rings, boiled crawfish – that’s real man food!

    But alas, it’s still people that see each other everyday gathering for some unknown recognition of one of the honorees. I guess it’s because they have become “seniors.”

    I can’t wait to hear how the tarte tatin comes out – maybe Julia will inspire you to tackle bouef bourguignon…..

  3. Billyon 19 Jan 2010 at 10:07 am

    Perdido Key, Florida lies on the border of Florida and Alabama. The location is a veritable paradise of seafood. The Gulf of Mexico yields almost every form of delectable shellfish and fish. This past weekend, my lovely wife, and able assitant, Frances and I ventured to Pensacola for a trip to Joe Patti Seafood – the Supercenter of fish markets! An outing to Joe Patti is entertaining enough in its own right, but the resulting food experiments can be awesome.

    That evening we enjoyed an appetizer of yellowfin tuna sashimi plus a lightly seared version accompanied by local sweet red peppers and honeybel fruit and, of course wasabi. A glass of Spring Mountain savignon blanc was the ideal accompaniment.

    For the main event, crisp romaine leaves with fried garlic, baked penne with zucchini- tomato sauce, and brolied caribbean lobster completed the meal. I drink pinot noir with almost everything, so the Merry Edwards Sonoma Coast was perfect to me.

    I don’t do desserts, much to Frances’ dispappontment – maybe Liv will challenge me….

  4. charlie hallon 29 Apr 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I live in Ridgeland,MS, and just heard about you and your blog. I have loved reading it.
    If you haven’t been, you really need to go to Eureka. It is owned and run by my friend Gaines Dobbins from Belzoni,MS. He was formerly Chef de Cuisine at Boulevard. Check out http://www.eurekarestaurant.com.
    I will enjoy your blog! Best to you,
    charlie hall

  5. Livon 30 Apr 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Charlie, thanks for reading! I will definitely check our Eureka — I have heard fantastic things about Boulevard, even though I haven’t had the chance to go yet. I’ll be sure to tell them you referred me, too. Let me know if you have more recommendations!

  6. liv bites » Pizza Nighton 07 Jul 2010 at 9:23 pm

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  7. Sarah @ Daily Nibbleson 07 Nov 2010 at 6:35 am

    Hi Liv! We met at the Foodbuzz video session. {I loved your boots.} Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I LOVE pizza too.

  8. Livon 07 Nov 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Sarah, of course I remember you! It was great meeting you, and thanks for commenting. Your zucchini and caramelized onion pizza looks like a winner πŸ™‚

  9. Laurenon 17 Sep 2011 at 10:31 am

    Hello Liv,
    I just came accross you blog. I am a native San Franciscan and Pizza lover as well. I was curious as to where you attended culinary school?

  10. Nicoleon 23 Dec 2011 at 9:35 am

    Hi there Liv!
    My name is Nicole and I recently started blogging, and I am now in the process of meeting as many food bloggers as I can and I found your site and was really impressed! I love your approach to food and living a healthy lifestyle! I can’t wait to read more of your great ideas! I’ve added you to my blogroll, and if you find anything interesting on my new blog, it’d be great if you could add me to your blogroll! πŸ™‚

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