I am a cook, mother, editor and writer who has a lot of opinions about food and cooking. I have worked for years in technical publishing, but have also occasionally dabbled in writing material for cookbooks and newspapers. As a parent, I am constantly looking to make meals that are nutritious, delicious, and deemed acceptable by my 7-year old daughters. I believe in buying fresh and local produce and organic local meats, but find that the realities of feeding a family on a budget doesn’t always allow me to do this, although I do try. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area (in the East Bay) and am lucky enough to be surrounded by great grocery stores, wonderful restaurants, and farmer’s markets. My food inspirations are M.F.K Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters — three fabulous women who encompass everything I love about food.