Sassy Southern Cooking with a French Twist


For me, cooking is life

As a child, I loved cooking from our garden with my Nanna, but decided I wanted to be a journalist “when I grew up,” so I studied Journalism at Boston College and graduated, cum laude, in 1987. After an early career in sales with Ziff Davis Publishing and subsequent marriage, my interest in cooking and food writing really took off. With good fortune and a dash of tempered bravery, I went off to Paris to study Cuisine and Pastry at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, ultimately graduating with Le Grande Diplome in 1992.

Life and subsequent travels took me many places, from New York, to Chicago, to rural France and to Jackson Hole, WY.  In 2000, I moved to Charleston, SC and began writing regular food and travel features and restaurant reviews for The Post and Courier, Charleston’s daily newspaper. Since then, I’ve garnered lots of writing awards, eaten lots of really good (and some bad) food, and written for many regional and national publications including Southern Living and Food and Wine.

Cookbook Author

I have written seven published cookbooks, most recently The French Cook – Soups & Stews (Gibbs Smith, Sept. 2014). In this, as in all my books, I use classical technique explained in simple, easy to apply ways, boosted by the use of seasonal and fresh produce. Clean technique paired with simple, fresh flavor platforms is my constant mantra. Look for it in future cookbooks, as well as generous doses of humor, wit and a bit of frisky in my upcoming culinary romance novel series (currently in proposal stage).

At Home in Charleston

I appreciate all of my blessings and the places, people and things I love. I love Charleston, I love cooking, I love writing, I love walking and swimming. I love my friends and family, and I love my dog, Tann Mann and cat, Chutney.

A perfect day begins with a long walk around beautiful Charleston with the dog and a long purr with the cat. Next, I’d spend an afternoon working in the kitchen to create a beautiful meal to share with a few close friends. This would be followed by a few hours reading a really good book, a little nap and a brisk walk.. The topper would be dinner out at one of my favorite or new Charleston restaurants, to write about the following day.

This is actually the way I’m able to spend about half my days. Not a bad life! I look forward to sharing my life, writing and cooking adventures with you. Happy Cooking!



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