Like many of you, I am a cookbook and kitchen equipment junkie. I work as the cooking columnist for the weekly Boston Globe Magazine and the kitchen equipment specialist on both the top-rated PBS cooking show America’s Test Kitchen and the new PBS show Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen. I write cookbooks, too.
For ten years I was an editor at Cook’s Illustrated magazine, where I logged countless hours in the test kitchen developing and editing recipes (two of which landed in The Best American Recipes 2003-2004) and writing feature stories and regular magazine departments, including the ever-popular Quick Tips. Moreover, I was in charge of Cook’s highly-respected kitchen equipment testing and ingredient tasting features. While I was a Senior Editor, Cook's was named one of the top five among the nation’s 50 leading magazines by the Chicago Tribune.
I have shared my experiences and—(not to be presumptuous) knowledge—with students at Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Emerson College, Boston Learning Society, the Culinary Guild of New England, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), Sur la Table stores, and Promenades Gourmandes in Paris. Along the way I have been interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio, WHO/Des Moines, the USA Radio Network/Dallas, and on a number of TV shows including, among several nationwide, the CBS Morning Show, CBS Afternoon News, and the NBC Weekend Today Show, all in New York.
I have been on the receiving end of education, too, with a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Certificate in the Culinary Arts from Boston University.