Hello old friends and new readers!
It’s been a good long while since I’ve posted any updates on the happenings in my world. So, I thought I’d share an overdue post on what I’ve been up to, and let you in on some big, exciting, news that I have been bursting at the seams to share.
For the past year or so, I’ve been hard at work on my Desserts cookbook, and I’m happy to report that it is well on its way to completion! And, what a blast it has been so far. If there was a “dream book” for me to write this would be it. I hope it shows when it finally releases. It’s going to have 250 recipes, 125 color photographs and a ton of info on everything from candy-making to cake baking. I’m tediously working on testing recipes (along with the help of some incredible people), shooting photographs, and drawing illustrations for this ‘big book of dessert’ set to hit stores Fall 2014, published by DaCapo Press. Every square inch of my kitchen has been dusted with various flours, my freezer is overflowing with pies and cheesecakes, and my pants are getting tight-ish.
I’ll be including a lot of tips and tricks for gluten-free & vegan treat-making, and also some helpful info for corn-free, soy-free, and nut-free folks too. Plus, there’s an entire chapter dedicated to refined sugar-free desserts. Something for everyone!
And, my big news: I’ve decided to pursue a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition! If you follow my page on facebook, this probably isn’t really news to you, but I wanted to elaborate a little bit. For those of you not ‘in the know’, my education is in Fine Arts (painting and sculpture). Once I graduated, I began hardcore recipe developing, and then blogging and eventually landed a[n incredible] literary agent who enabled me to author a few cookbooks.
Since I first began blogging, I’ve had a few “moments” where I felt things click together. The most important part of my journey, though, was when I moved to Philadelphia. In this amazing city, I’ve become familiar with inspiring hardcore food professionals and a countless number of restaurants, which have no doubt intensified my love for the culinary-sphere. But, living in a bigger city, I often encounter the flipside of the food world: hunger. I come from a pretty lucky place privilege-wise, and since I was a little girl, a big part of me has wanted to use that to help others–particularly those of us who aren’t so fortunate, or have fallen on hard times.
Call me sheltered, but as a resident of the little town in Ohio where I hail from, I wasn’t in the thick of disparity like I am here in Philly. Living in such a diverse community for the past two years has changed my perspective on food in a powerful way. In fact, it’s made me yearn to get involved on a deeper level with food and nutrition–specifically in urban and low-income communities. My experience working professionally within the culinary sphere has opened my eyes to what a luxury food, and good nutrition, truly is. I want to help, particularly in the areas of nutrition for low-income families and children, and food allergies.
I’ve become increasingly interested in solutions to this heartbreaking problem and will be diving right into research and schoolwork, while allowing my own business (the blogging, bookwriting, recipe development and food photography) to hopefully blossom as I gain more knowledge. I believe research will become a major part of my work, and I’m excited to embark on this food-filled journey. I am also incredibly grateful for this platform (and you, dear readers) to share my experiences.
The planning for this career move has been under way for about 2 years now (ugh, I know, I’m a planning control freak), and I’m psyched that it’s finally coming to fruition. I’m entering into a program of study in Dietetics—to not only get my Masters of Nutrition but also become a Registered Dietitian (RD). Once I finish the program, I’ll be much better suited to speak about nutrition, hunger, and the impact of proper diet on health, as well as write concise, informative books about plant-based nutrition–all while pouring myself into a subject that I am incredibly passionate about.
Anyhow, that all starts in January. That’s only 2 months away!
I haven’t attended college in almost 8 years. Expect random Twitter stressed-outbursts, highly caffeinated blog posts, and sleep deprivation induced Instagrams to come. Also, forgive me if I start posting a lot of chocolate recipes. Only chocolate recipes? I work best under pressure and with a fair amount of chocolate and caffeine.
This will be a long and adventurous ride! Thank you all for being there, and for being a HUGE part of this decision for me and for further cementing my love and interest in food. I couldn’t have done any of this without your support!