Hi! I'm Jess.
My mission in life is to inspire people to cook. As my food hero Michael Pollan says, if we all cooked more, we’d be a lot healthier (and, I believe, happier too). Cooking to me is everything – it’s discovery, nourishment, science, history, culture, love and most importantly – fun!
If you give me free time, I will spend it all on cooking. Planning, shopping, tinkering, tasting, making a mess, and inevitably doing lots of dishes - for me, time stops when I’m in the kitchen. I come from a food-obsessed family. My dad taught me how to sniff out the best restaurant on the block, and we were always discussing the next meal while eating the current one. My parents are both great cooks, but neither of them explicitly “taught” me to cook. I learned a lot by helping my mom in the kitchen, but in my first year on my own, I only made scrambled eggs and warmed up pre-prepared veggies. In the last 9 years as an adult with my own kitchen, I’ve moved on from scrambled eggs to baking my own sourdough bread. The fact that I’ve lived in San Francisco for the last 3+ years has certainly helped, but I believe that what makes me a great cook is curiosity & confidence, and this is what I want to instill in people, through this blog and through my new business! Thanks for coming along for the ride!
Why GARLIC PRESS, you might ask? The garlic press is my favorite kitchen tool, for sentimental reasons. I'm Italian and Lebanese, so we eat A LOT of garlic. Growing up, my mom would often give me the task of pressing the garlic (a great job for kids!), and my Nonna's shiny silver garlic press was always out on the counter waiting for me when I came over to help make our ultimate family comfort meal - spaghetti and (THE SOFTEST) meatballs with tomato sauce and garlic bread.
Like a garlic press, I like to squeeze the very most out of life - both in and out of the kitchen. Oh, and I like things that rhyme :)