I bore easily. Which makes this career path I’ve created for myself pretty ideal. The fact that I love adventure and variety helps, since that path has had plenty of twists and turns and ever-changing vistas.

The first detour came when my college education—a math degree with engineering aspirations—lead me instead to France to study cooking at La Varenne, thanks to my second major in French literature. That tangent, which culminated in the school’s Grand Diplôme d’Etudes Culinaires, changed everything. And only on very rare occasion do I wonder how my life would have unfolded as an engineer.

With a generous couple decades under my belt as a culinary professional, in any given stretch of months I might be writing my own cookbook, developing recipes for a client, teaching classes, working on a custom publishing project, consulting for a food-related tech company–with solid doses of travel, great meals, outstanding drinks along the way to fuel the creative process and inspire new endeavors. All the while, avoiding the boredom factor at all costs.

I’ve had writing gigs as diverse as food editor for Seattle magazine and a writer for the ground-breaking Modernist Cuisine book series. I’ve written cookbooks based on celebrated iconic foods like oysters and wild mushrooms, and I’ve written books inspired by my love of Salty Snacks and Gourmet Game Night entertaining. I’ve had occasion to cook for quite a range of fascinating people, from Julia Child to the Flying Karamazov Brothers.

snacksclassspreadI have taught cooking classes on a Holland America cruise ship and am the instructor of two online classes at Craftsy (rebranded as Bluprint), the spread from Homemade Salty Snacks shown here.

And some of my time is devoted to nonprofit work. I have served as the president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and president of the Seattle chapter of Les Dame d’Escoffier, and currently serve on the board of Tilth Alliance. I  have a certificate from the University of Washington in nonprofit management.

And the adventure continues….