The author: Stay-at-home mom to two inquisitive kids and one lazy Rottweiler. Newbie homeschooler. Culinary school grad, pastry chef by trade. Vegetarian amongst carnivores. Mildly successful veggie gardener, public library enthusiast and sporadic reader of fiction. Avid collector of cookbooks. Married to Brian, husband and sparring partner in many half-finished d.i.y. home projects.