Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
I have always been interested in anything to do with food. NYU is one of the few schools in the US that has a whole program dedicated to food. Classes like food writing, food policy and food culture drew me in, but I don't think there is a class in the program that I would not want to take.
A book I would never sell:
Mastering the Art of French Cooking
My inspiration is:
My best friend Catherine who moved from California to Montreal 10 years ago. She learned French and is now half way through her PhD in Public Health at a French University and does research in West Africa.
Something I collect:
Cookbooks. I have a whole bookcase dedicated to them.
Why I went to Graduate School:
I wanted to learn more about food, but I also wanted to make contacts in NYC.
The best gift I've ever received:
a necklace from my husband on our second wedding anniversay
The longest paper I've ever written:
The professor who influenced me the most:
Kyri Claflin, a professor at BU really pushed me to be a better writer
My favorite coffee:
I love the Spanish coffee at Think Coffee, made with sweetened condensed milk.
If I could take a year off I would:
travel. I am addicted to travelling.
My secret passion is:
singing in the car to all the radio songs
The best invention ever is:
I have to admit it, but I love the iPhone.
Where you grew up:
What are your plans after you graduate?
work in sustainble agriculture
Community Service and Other Activities:
I am the co-chair on the Cold Spring Farmers Market board