I'm the author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, a memoir with recipes about her experiences at the famed Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris published by Viking/Penguin.
Most of my life I've worked as a writer and journalist. My work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Smithsonian, Men's Fitness, Playboy, USA Weekend and Canada's Globe & Mail. In 1996, I went to work as the first restaurant editor for Sidewalk.com, Microsoft's series of city guides that later merged with Citysearch.
Right now, I serve as the chair for the food writers section of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. I live in Seattle, but try to visit Paris as often as possible...
My favorite foods: cold oysters with a crisp white wine - perfectly roast chicken - hearty cassoulet on a cold day - my mother's spaghetti.