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I live, cook, garden and write on a quiet street in Napa Valley. My house is not large but my kitchen is…and my sunny garden is bigger yet. Here, I develop and test recipes for cookbooks and magazine features; evaluate cheeses for my weekly San Francisco Chronicle column; and prepare dinner nightly with my winemaker husband. In my garden—a terraced landscape of roses, fruit trees and raised vegetable beds—I find inspiration for daily cooking and an antidote to deadline stress. More »

Fresh from the Farmers’ Market


Bring the bounty of the farmers’ market into your kitchen with recipes for the pick of the crop. More »


Cheese & Wine: A Guide to Selecting, Pairing, and Enjoying

A richly photographed guide to some of the world’s best cheeses. More »


Cheese & Beer


The booming worlds of craft beer and artisan cheese meet in this first-ever guide. More »