About Ashley

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I always have a hard time with the “About” section. How can I sell myself to you in a few short paragraphs? Or more importantly, what can I say that will instantly hook you to this blog and make you want to donate money to it, so much so that I can rely solely on this blog for income and never hold a job again?

Realistically, that’s probably not the description you’re looking for, nor the one I should be giving you. So instead I’ll give you the same bio I’ve given in interviews: I started becoming interested in cooking the summer before my junior year of college, when I read and cooked through every cookbook in my parents’ house. Total disaster ensued: raw hamburgers, flavorless salmon, you get the idea. I had my first real cooking job at America’s Test Kitchen, testing out recipes with much more success than when cooking for my folks. Since then, I got a master 1 in Food Studies at La Sorbonne in Paris, and I’ve held just about every food job under the sun: culinary instructor, line cook, sous chef, food stylist, test cook, freelance recipe writer, and of course food blogger. I’m currently working in the kitchen of a two Michelin-starred restaurant in Santa Monica, California.

It’s been mostly fun, sometimes scary and depressing, but overall rewarding. I went to Cornell for my undergraduate degree, but what I studied there isn’t important. What is important is that I’m currently fascinated by food science and I’m trying to teach myself as much as possible. I’ll share with you what I know. If you’re interested in learning some food science as well, please look into Harold McGee’s book “On Food and Cooking.” Alternatively, a great website coursera.org offers free university classes, some of which broach interest food topics.

Thanks for stopping by, stay positive, and say nice thing to the people you love.

13 thoughts on “About Ashley

  1. I have really enjoyed trying your recipes from your Paris blog. It’s hard to find high quality recipes for one person. Congratulations on your move and new adventure! I’ll definitely be trying your recipes form your new blog, too.


    • Hi Meg,
      I am so happy that these recipes have been useful to you. I am certainly looking forward to writing recipes from a new city and adding a more international element to the dishes.
      Of course, if you have any recipe suggestions or recommendations, please feel free to make them at any time! Happy cooking, Ashley

  2. I’m going to try your Shrimp Fried Quinoa! It looks delicious :) Wish me luck; I’m terrible in the kitchen and just getting started. You’re blog is very encouraging! Thank you!

  3. Stumbled on your blog after deciding that I need to get back in the kitchen and learn to cook for one . . . . I love cooking for others, but never learned the trick to cooking for one! :0) I really enjoy your blog, the recipes look really yummy and more importantly simple. Looking forward to trying them all!

  4. I’ve been looking for sources for good recipes for one person as a single college student who has found that I really enjoy cooking. Everything seems either terribly unhealthy, or too difficult, or just too expensive…until I found your blog. Thanks and I can’t wait to try your recipes!

  5. I just came across your blog and have read through all of your recopies from beginning to end and can’t decide what I want to cook tonight! Really, this is a fantastic blog with straightforward and delicious recipes, doesn’t get any better if you ask me!

  6. I’m so excited to find your blog. Moving out the country and my childhood home has resulted in a need to cook most evenings as well as a need to cook for one person, rather than several. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  7. I just moved out on my own doing the solo thing and I stumbled across your blog! Your receipes look fantastic and I am looking foward to trying them. I hope you continue to post more!

  8. I am delighted that I found this blog. I am a recent widow, age 78, who is adjusting to single living for the first time in my life. Your recipes are inspiring me!

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