about me

Hi, I'm Emily and I live in San Francisco, CA. My interest in food developed at an early age.  From enjoying my grandmother’s Sunday night spaghetti dinner or driving with the windows rolled down through the streets of Memphis (my hometown) catching the aroma of pork barbecue or winning a Kraft Cheese sandwich recipe contest in grade school, I always knew that food would influence my life.

After studying marketing and economics in college and working for a Fortune 500 company, I left the cubicle life and moved to Chicago in 2007 to pursue a classical culinary education at Kendall College. Opportunities in food R&D, recipe testing, PR, operations, project management, meat sales at farmer's markets, and social media showed me a range of possibilities in the food industry and allowed me to expand my skills.  During my time in Chicago, I started this blog to keep track of what I was cooking in my kitchen. To be exact, What Emily Cooks began in August 2009. The design and name have changed as my blogging skills evolved.  

As a result of a job layoff during the summer of 2010, I began graduate studies at Boston University and earned a Master's of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy in 2012. As a student, I was a chef instructor at the Boston Center for Adult Education and during the 2012 spring semester was a social media intern at Harvard Common Press.  I was also a writer, recipe tester, and farmer's market assistant

I'm the manager of Saint Frank Coffee in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood. Outside of specialty coffee, I test contest recipe entries for food52 and volunteer at 18 Reasons.

April 2010: Anne Amie Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon