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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Mercat de La Boqueria de Barcelona: A Temple of Gastronomy

Mercat de La Boqueria de Barcelona: A Temple of Gastronomy

| March 22, 2011 | 5 Comments

The Mercat de La Boqueria, located in Barcelona, is a wonderful place to peruse and buy some of the freshest food the Spanish coast has to offer.

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McDonald’s – A European Oasis of Style? Really?

McDonald’s – A European Oasis of Style? Really?

| March 15, 2011 | 3 Comments

In Europe, McDonald’s has tailored the eating experience to be something very different than what we’re used to here in the United States.

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Bay Area Foraging with Hank Shaw

Bay Area Foraging with Hank Shaw

| February 22, 2011 | 1 Comment

I’m excited to interview Hank about his new book and learning to forage in the Bay Area, an area that is teeming with wild edibles. He was also generous enough to provide a recipe for Fennel and Tomato Pasta Sauce.

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It’s Green Garlic Season: Celebrate with Pesto!

It’s Green Garlic Season: Celebrate with Pesto!

| February 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

Early spring in the Bay Area means that green garlic is about to start popping up in farmers markets. Here are some tips on how to cook with this amazing vegetable.

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Will Write for Food: An Interview with Dianne Jacob

Will Write for Food: An Interview with Dianne Jacob

| February 8, 2011 | 5 Comments

Are you interested in expressing your passion for food, but don’t know where to start? Never fear, dear reader — Dianne Jacob, Oakland resident and author of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More, is here to help. Today, she will answer the pressing question: “How can I get started in food writing if I have no formal background?”

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Homemade Truffles for Valentine’s Day

Homemade Truffles for Valentine’s Day

| February 1, 2011 | 10 Comments

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and if you’re planning on spending a small fortune on chocolates for your sweet, hold up! Consider making your own chocolate truffles.

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Alternative Grains: Millet and Quinoa Recipes

Alternative Grains: Millet and Quinoa Recipes

| January 25, 2011 | 4 Comments

Millet and quinoa are two alternatives to rice and wheat. They taste great and cook up easy in a rice cooker. Recipes for Nutty Millet and Curried Quinoa Salad.

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All About Miso Soup

All About Miso Soup

| January 18, 2011 | 12 Comments

If you’re looking for lighter soup that’s nourishing and easy to digest, you might consider having a big bowl of miso soup. Miso is comfort food with a little international flair.

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The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

| January 11, 2011 | 12 Comments

Get thee to the great American Grilled Cheese Kitchen as soon as possible. Only open for breakfast and lunch, this place does a mid-day grilled cheese sandwich right.

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Nibblers Eatery: A Deep East Bay Oasis

Nibblers Eatery: A Deep East Bay Oasis

| January 4, 2011 | 10 Comments

While the Pleasant Hill area doesn’t exactly evoke visions of decadent cheese plates, fine wines, locally grown produce, or handcrafted chocolate desserts, that’s what you’ll find on the menu at Nibblers.

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Ring In the New Year with Gluten-Free Booze!

Ring In the New Year with Gluten-Free Booze!

| December 28, 2010 | 2 Comments

It’s almost New Years Eve, and you know what that means — a lot of folks will be getting their drink on. If you have a gluten sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you need to miss the revelry. A lot of hard alcohol is naturally gluten-free, and for those not into hitting the hard stuff, there are quite a lot of companies making gluten-free beer and cider.

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Constructing A Gluten-Free Christmas Dinner

Constructing A Gluten-Free Christmas Dinner

| December 21, 2010 | 16 Comments

A gluten-free Christmas dinner is easy to prepare when you’ve got a list of trusty recipes to guide you.

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Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

| December 17, 2010 | 12 Comments

These gluten-free gingerbread stars and ninjabread men are the cutest, tastiest gluten-free cookies you’ll see all year.

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The Best Bay Area Gluten-Free Pizzas

The Best Bay Area Gluten-Free Pizzas

| December 6, 2010 | 15 Comments

The Bay Area is home to some of the best gluten-free pizza in the state. No matter where you’re located around the bay, there’s a fresh, hot gluten-free pizza nearby.

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