I grew up in a Canadian prairie city known for its giant mall. When my family moved to Paris for two years while I was growing up, I discovered patisseries and never looked back. My early efforts at making croissants and eclairs were flops but that didn't stop me. At 26 I left my job as a food writer at a daily Canadian newspaper and moved to Paris. After ten years in Paris, where I wrote about restaurants for a number of guidebooks and magazines and founded the company Edible Paris, I now spend most of my time in Nice where I teach Provençal cooking in my home. I spend a few days every month in Paris keeping up with restaurants, conducting food tours, and sampling the finest patisseries and chocolates. My ten-year-old vegetarian son Sam shares my passion for the good things in life.