I live in Los Angeles but am usually thinking about Italy, where I spent a year in culinary school. I hope to move back someday, but in the meantime, I write about Italian food traditions and work as a part-time pasta maker — ask me about my cooking classes!

I'm a morning person and manage to start most days with a nice walk. The best mornings I've ever had were on a little hilltop farm, where we started every day by eating toast and feeding sheep.

My favorite snack is cheese puffs, and my favorite smell is

Barnes & Noble when there's also a Starbucks inside.