My grandmother taught me how to cook on summers spent in their small town. It became a passion for me, and as the oldest of six kids, I cooked a lot of meals growing up when my mom was ushering other siblings to after-school events. Then I received the opportunity to work as an apprentice chef in a northern Italian restaurant popular with politicos, celebrities, and journalists. It was a great time, and from there, I was lucky enough to become a private chef for someone while I was in graduate school. The food aspects of French Roast are close to my heart, especially since I have a passion for all things French, and have even taken a cooking class in Provence. Count on more food-related books.