My first job in food was:
I worked at a health food store in the tiny Vermont town where I grew up. It was called "18 Carrots."
What brought me to San Francisco:
A brutal winter in New England and a desire to try out California (that was 12 years ago).
My one-year goal:
To finish and begin promoting my first cookbook, Repertoire, to be published by Little, Brown in Fall 2017.
My five-year dream:
A "Repertoire" series of books, a vacation without my 2- and 5-year old sons.
My mentor, and the most important lesson I learned from him or her:
Margo True, at Sunset Magazine, who took a huge chance on me early in my career. She taught me the importance of good research, a network of reliable contacts, and how valuable it is to always consider your reader.
The person I'd most like to collaborate with, and the project:
In the shorter term, I'd like to collaborate with my restaurant and chef friends to do a dinner series and tour in conjunction with the release of my cookbook. In the longer term I daydream about a television show that isn't all about chefs but instead focuses on home cooks around the world. I also daydream about a print food magazine.
What I can teach other people in this group:
Recipe writing and development, writing (press releases, web copy, etc.), the best chocolate cake recipe...
My favorite thing to cook:
An impossible question.
This summer, the aperol spritz.
How I relax:
I am proof that if you work your ass off and are nice to people you can do the things you dream of doing.