A Unique Appreciation

As an internationally-recognized expert on food and an award-winning journalist/author, I take a unique approach to my craft by combining training in journalism with a love for food and the people who produce it.


Extensive travel throughout the United States, France, Italy, the Middle East and parts of Asia has given me a depth of knowledge and an appreciation for the rich traditions around food—how it is grown, harvested, and prepared. I  believe that learning about cooking and food should involve much more than recipes and techniques. I delight in meeting and introducing the personalities and customs behind the great cuisines of the world.

I am the award winning author of nine books both food and literary, the most recent of which is Nuts in the Kitchen (Harper Collins). For more background on my writing career, see the Books page.

I live year round in the lovingly-restored convent in the center of Louviers and across the street from the Gothic Church of Notre-Dame de Louviers with my children. This immense and awe inspiring structure provides ambience and inspiration for cooking classes in the state-of-the art kitchen, and meals served in the 12th century dining room or in the flower-filled front courtyard. Both are in the shadow of the church of Nôtre-Dame de Louviers