Stephanie Stiavetti

Stephanie is a writer and cookbook author recovering from her former tech-startup life. On the side she's also a media consultant, specializing in all forms of digital goodness: audio, video, print, design, and social media.

After leaving the tech world nearly a decade ago, Stephanie made a career jump to her lifetime love, writing. She currently writes for the Huffington Post, KQED's Bay Area Bites, NPR, and other select media outlets. Her first cookbook,Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese, is due out in fall 2013 on Little, Brown with coauthor Garrett McCord.

Being a recovering techy leaves an indelible mark, and everything Stephanie does is infused with her deep fascination with digital technology. She has been blogging since 1999, before blog engines even existed and a great readership consisted of a handful of friends who occasionally thought to check out your site. In 2005 she started her first food blog, which she repurposed in 2007 to become The Culinary Life.

Stephanie can be called many things: food writer, essayist, professional recipe developer, cookbook author, social media consultant, videographer, documentary maker, website developer, archivist of life. Despite all of these titles, she most commonly responds to Steph.

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Pussy Pop

Pussy Pop

| April 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Did you know that Mountain Dew is now making a breakfast soda? That Pepsi has created “Pepsi Max,” which contains ginseng and even more caffeine that a regular cola? And that there’s a new brand of soda called Pussy Pop?

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Hungry for Pinterest?

Hungry for Pinterest?

| February 17, 2012 | 16 Comments

Pinterest is the newest way to share recipes, dish photos, and other food-related delights. Perfect for the visually-minded, Pinterest is quickly becoming a culinary craze!

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Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day

Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day

| January 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois have spread their wings and launched an exploration of global flatbreads and the world of flavors that can be paired with them.

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Holly Heyser: Becoming the NorCal Cazadora

Holly Heyser: Becoming the NorCal Cazadora

| September 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

Holly Heyser is a Northern California huntress with a lot to say on the philosophy of hunting and eating wild animals. She may change your view of hunting, or hunters themselves.

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Sean Timberlake Shares Favorite Summer Food Spots in San Francisco

Sean Timberlake Shares Favorite Summer Food Spots in San Francisco

| August 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

Sean Timberlake of Hedonia and Punk Domestics takes you on a culinary tour of San Francisco.

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Food Bloggers Share Inside Tips for Summer Bay Area Food

Food Bloggers Share Inside Tips for Summer Bay Area Food

| July 19, 2011 | 7 Comments

Local Bay Area food bloggers share their inside tips on this summer’s best food events and favorite hot weather eats.

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A Tower of Chocolate: The Three-Layer Fourth of July Chocolate Cake

A Tower of Chocolate: The Three-Layer Fourth of July Chocolate Cake

| July 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

This three-layer chocolate cake is perfect for Fourth of July, with its mountain of red, white and blue decor.

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Baking Bread in the Digital Era with Michael Ruhlman

Baking Bread in the Digital Era with Michael Ruhlman

| June 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Want to lean more about baking bread? Michael Ruhlman’s new Bread Baking App for iPhone and iPad will teach you what you need to know, on your mobile device.

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Dishcrawl: Real-Life Culinary Social Networking

Dishcrawl: Real-Life Culinary Social Networking

| June 10, 2011 | 1 Comment

Dishcrawl is a new type of foodie event — eat and meet, a new side of the culinary social experience.

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2011 Oakland Greek Festival

2011 Oakland Greek Festival

| May 14, 2011 | 5 Comments

This weekend, be sure to catch the 2011 Oakland Greek Festival. Dance, shop, eat, and just enjoy the all-around good cheer. OPA!

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Baillardran Cannelés

Baillardran Cannelés

Baillardran Cannelés are a chain shop that sells cannelés all around France. Here’s a virtual tour of this culinary gem.

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Ladurée v. Pierre Hermé Macaron Smackdown

Ladurée v. Pierre Hermé Macaron Smackdown

| April 19, 2011 | 5 Comments

Ladurée v. Pierre Hermé Macaron Smackdown: Who has the better macaron?

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Polpettone alla Toscano, or Tuscan Meatballs Recipe

Polpettone alla Toscano, or Tuscan Meatballs Recipe

| April 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

This meatball recipe comes to you straight from Florence, Italy, highlighting the best of Tuscan cooking.

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Paella in Spain: A Conspiracy

Paella in Spain: A Conspiracy

| March 29, 2011 | 3 Comments

If you’re visting Spain, you’re probably going to eat Paella. Don’t get taken for a ride!

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