Who I Am

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L’americana:

I was born in 1981 and raised on my 7th generation family ranch in Boerne, TX. After high-school I hitch-hiked across the United States, alternatively loving and hating its foods, cultures and contradictions. From California to Vermont, Santa Fe to Philadelphia I have worked as a ranch hand, waitress, flower shop attendant, graphic designer, cook, brick-layer, videographer, gardener, and for an ONG. My true passion, however, has always been in the kitchen. I moved to Milan in 2004 and fell head-first into Italian culture, cuisine, and lifestyle. Here, my passion for the refined semplicity of Italian cuisine brought me to more deeply appreciate  my own American culinary roots. I started my first cooking blog that year, to keep in touch with friends and family back home through virtual dinner parties. I married my Italian (photographer Emilio Scoti) in 2006 and begin writing cookbooks in order to respond to his (and everyone else’s) incessant jokes about American cuisine. I continue live and work out of my home base in Milan, and hold cooking lessons and creative workshops in all of Italy.

Il fotografo:

Unless otherwise noted all the photos from this site and our books are by Emilio Scoti, my favorite personal fotographer (and husband). For more information about his photography, see  his website.