What should I eat for dinner?
That's a question I ask myself minimum five times a day. I take inspiration from what's in season at the market, what looks good in the stack of food magazines I'll never get through, and what tempts me on great blogs. Browse some of my favorite recipes here. Right now I'm loving this simple seafood stew and thisFrench lentil salad with goat cheese from the fabulous Jennifer Segal.
Where should I eat for dinner?
If you're in DC, I have lots of favorites and am always happy to share. A few at this moment in time: Estadio,Graffiato, Toki Underground ... Email me if you're looking for something specific and I'll do my best to help. Twitter is another good way to ask me for quick recommendations. I also travel regularly to the Durham and Chapel Hill area and San Francisco and wine country if you need ideas there.
Did you go to cooking school?
I went to the cooking school of hard knocks. I kid. I'm not a professionally trained cook, just a crazy passionate eater and diner who's learned a lot alongside some of the country's best chefs. I've had the immense pleasure to cook with the likes of Wolfgang Puck, Lidia Bastianich, Michael Mina and more. I'm constantly learning and don't intend to stop anytime soon.
How did you get into food writing?
I started writing for newspapers back in 9th grade (thanks, Marcie Pachino!) and studied journalism at UNC Chapel Hill. I think the heart of food writing is great storytelling first and food expertise comes later. If you want to get into food writing, just never assume you know everything, triple check all assumptions, and you'll learn a lot.
Anything you won't eat?
I'll eat anything. Once. I'm down with organs, grisly bits, grasshoppers, embryonic duck egg in Vietnam (okay, so I only took a little bite). But I do have a few things I'm not crazy about. Green peppers. Mushy potatoes (I mean aren't they just better crispy?). Skim milk. (What's the point?)
I have another question and can't find what I'm looking for.
Drop me a line! I love to hear from readers and I promise to try my best to get back to you in a reasonable amount of time. Twitter is the best way to ask me for quick recommendations.