About me, about me, hmmm. My name is Amanda, I’m a California native currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area, working, periodically going to school, on my way to discovering my true calling.
When I was a kid, I started cooking simple cakes and cookies out of an old, battered copy of the Better Homes and Gardens recipe binder that we had laying around the house. The covers were falling off, and the back cover had a sprial-shaped burn on it from where someone had left it on a burner at some point. My parents also taught me how to scramble eggs and cook a chicken, and I had many a fun time seasoning the chicken with whatever I could find in our cabinet, ranging from soy sauce to cinnamon to chinese five-spice.
It was also during this time that I experimented a little with food, trying cream cheese and jelly when I read about it in a book. I also tried out cream cheese and peanut butter, cream cheese and pickles, and a sandwich combining all three, which became a staple for my little brother and I for some time.
In my first year of college, I decided I wanted to really learn how to cook. Starting with chicken breasts and boxed macaroni and cheese, I tried out chinese-style lemon chicken, spaghetti and meat sauce, and my first real success, meatloaf. A year or so later, we mistakenly began getting copies of Food & Wine Magazine sent to the house, which I read curiously, and was astounded by the vastness of the food world. Then I visited Whole Foods, and I was amazed.
Since then, I have made a great variety of foods, and have begun collecting cookbooks, which I read, start to finish, when I buy them, just like regular books. I try always to buy organic or local, cook naturally and fairly simply most of the time.