Hello! My name is Stephanie Stiavetti, and you’ve found my website, “The Culinary Life.” My first book, Melt: the Art of Macaroni and Cheese, came out in October 2013 with Little, Brown & Co.
A Bit About Me
The point of this website is pretty simple. I have three primary goals in life: to teach you how to cook, to improve your relationship with food, to make sure you enjoy your time in kitchen. Why? Because people who love what they eat live healthier, happier lives. I know so many people who are at war with their diets, and that breaks my heart. Cooking and eating should be a celebration, not a dreaded chore!
How did this calling find me? I was very sick for many years, and I’ve been able to lessen the severity of my chronic issues through diet and lifestyle changes. Where once I could barely leave the house, these days I live a full life that excites me every day. Now it’s my turn to pass what I’ve learned onto others who still struggle with their health.
I’m a San Francisco-based food writer, recipe developer, cooking teacher, and culinary media consultant. I love comfort food of all kinds, from the most savory dinners to sinfully decadent desserts. As I get older, though, I try to make things a little healthier–which to me means truly fresh ingredients, throwing in whole grains where I can, and seriously cutting down on sugar. Ok, well there’s still sugar in the desserts.
I’m incredibly passionate about anything having to do with food and literature. (I love to read and graduated at the top of my English Lit class at UC Berkeley!) It was fate that I found a way to combine the two into a career as a food writer and cookbook author.
On the flip side, I’m also a technical media consultant with nearly two decades of experience in Information Technology. I have worked with such heavy hitters as LucasFilm, Pandora Internet Radio, the University of California San Francisco, and countless smaller companies. While I spend most of my time working on my own project these days, I do still occasionally consult for select clients. Please check out my professional website for a comprehensive list of writing clips and more information about my technical services.
If you need to get ahold of me, email is your best bet: sstiavetti at gmail dot com. I try to respond to all emails, but life being what it is, please don’t be offended if you don’t hear back! It’s not you, it’s the fact that my inbox is trying to eat me.