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Some Things about Me

After graduating from Stanford University, I taught writing at schools in San Francisco and then Indonesia. It was in Asia that I developed an obsession for food.

My desire to cook better drove me toward two years of rigorous training at The Culinary Institute of America, where I graduated with high honors. That deep dive into cooking techniques set the foundation for my career.

I have worked in publishing for more than 25 years – first as a freelance writer and magazine editor, and then as a marketing consultant and a cookbook editor. Along the way I have written 17 cookbooks. Some of those books made the New York Times Best Seller list and one was nominated for a James Beard Award. As a group, the books I have written have sold more than 5 millions of copies worldwide.

I am all about helping people have more fun making fabulous food at the grill.

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