Cookbooks are a first love in my career, the arena in which I began working in the world of food writing. I love the chance to work on a project the size of a cookbook, a subject to delve into thoroughly with research and recipe development, honing the package over a number of months.
I was fortunate to receive phenomenal on-the-job training with my mentor Anne Willan, owner of La Varenne
. Anne is a prolific cookbook author who taught me the finer points of research, recipe development and recipe testing, skills that I use virtually every day. With her, I worked on the first 10 titles of the popular Look & Cook
cookbook series, the culinary history Great Cooks and Their Recipes
, the elegant Château Cuisine
cookbook, and La France Gastronomique
, a culinary study of France.
The more recent books I've worked on are linked below. They include my Northwest Homegrown Cookbook Series of single-subject books highlighting key regional foods and five Best Places® cookbooks for which I collected restaurant recipes from British Columbia to Northern California. There are also a number of other books I've contributed to in a variety of ways, as writer and/or editor.