Fall 2008 Contributors

Linda Bassett - Writer
Linda Basssett teaches American Regional Cooking and Food History at North Shore Community College. She is author of From Apple Pie to Pad Thai.

Margaret Bresnahan - Writer
Margaret Bresnahan is an English Literature major at Smith College, to be receiving her B.A. in May 2009 (fingers crossed). She is eager to explore the inner-workings of journalis-everything from magazine publishing to broadcast journalism and documentary work. A major foods and devout podcaster of Lynne Rossetto Kasper's "The Splendid Table," Margaret hopes to someday work for National Public Radio- what she considers the Holy Grail for English majors. You can reach her at margaret.bresnahan@gmail.com .

Andrew Cantella - Writer
Andrew Cantella is a rising senior at Proctor Academy in Andover, NH. Last year while studying in southern France he tasted everything from lamb intestines to beef cheeks to artisan cheeses. He discovered that there is no cheese that he does not like. He can be reached at andrewcantella@yahoo.com.

Irene Costello – Writer
Irene Costello, Managing Partner, Effie's Homemade and Ruby Chard Cooking Classes. After 20 years in the corporate world, Irene broke out to develop her passion for cooking. She earned her a Master's of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy and a certificate in Culinary Arts from Boston University and a certificate in Wine Studies from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.  Irene joined forces with Joan MacIsaac in 2005 bringing a unique combination of culinary and business experience. Irene earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. You can reach her at irene@effieshomemade.com

Rosie DeQuattro – Writer
Free-lance food writer and a member of SlowFood, Rosie DeQuattro lives in Acton, MA with her furniture-maker/physician husband, Jerry Berke, and their dog, Rita. Rosie can be reached at rosiedequat@hotmail.com.

Didi Emmons - Writer
Didi Emmons is the chef of the Haley House Youth Cooking Program in Dudley Square, Roxbury. In addition to teaching, she is currently writing her third cookbook. Didi also caters parties, bringing her creativity and knowledge into people's homes. She can be reached at didi@haleyhouse.org.

Rebecca Hansen - Writer
Rebecca Hansen is a freelance writer and editor living in Boston. Her interests include local and sustainable food, health and wellness and human rights issues. She can be reached at hansenrr@gmail.com .

Avi Kramer - Writer
Avi Kramer, formerly of Jamaica Plain, is a freelance writer currently living in India and writing a book on Indian cuisine. He can be reached at avi.kramer@gmail.com .

John Lee – Writer
John Lee is the manager of Allandale Farm (Boston’s Last Working Farm), which specializes, in naturally-grown local produce. He occasionally writes for local news outlets and is deeply involved with farming and locally-grown issues in Massachusetts.

Clare Leschin-Hoar – Writer
Freelance food-writer Clare Leschin-Hoar as been sipping plenty of West County Cider with her friends and family at home in Massacusetts. Her work can be seen at www.leschin-hoar.com.

Jill Littlejohn - Writer
Jill is the mother of four, an experimental cook, obsessed with quality food and wine, lives and writes on the South Shore.

Joan MacIsaac – Writer
Joan MacIsaac, Executive Chef/Partner, Effie's Homemade and Ruby Chard Cooking Classes. Joan brings more than 20 years professional culinary experience to Effie's Homemade and Ruby Chard. She worked six years in the restaurant industry, culminating as chef at Dahlia Lounge in Seattle before returning to Boston to start her own business, Ruby Chard Catering in 1996. Expanding the business to cooking classes in 2003, Joan later partnered with Irene in 2005 delving into corporate team building cooking classes. Recently Joan consulted for The Food Project, working within their catering services and teaching youth a curriculum in culinary arts. Effie's Homemade was launched in February 2008. You can reach her at joan@effieshomemade.com.

Kim Motylewski – Writer
Kim Motylewski is a print and radio journalist based in Cambridge. She reports on the intersections of food, health and the environment. She can be reached at kmotyl@yahoo.com.

Michael Piazza –Photographer
Michael Piazza (www.michaelpiazzaphotography.com ) was born and raised and schooled in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2000 his photography career moved him to New York City. While working for such clients as Saveur, Food Arts, and The Australian Financial Review, Michael also contributed work to Slow Food USA and Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard. He has recently completed 2 cookbooks - Simple Italian Sandwiches and A Ligurian Kitchen. He currently lives in Watertown with his wife and two tail-less cats.

Genevieve Rajewski – Writer
Genevieve Rajewski frequently writes about food and wine--or better yet, all manners of snacking and sipping. Her publication credits include  Washington Post Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, Cooking Light, Imbibe and The Boston Phoenix among many others. Read more at www.ticktockwordshop.com.

Naz Sioshansi – Writer
Naz Sioshansi is a freelance writer living in Boston, MA with her husband. She has written for The Boston Phoenix, misstropolis.com and Wayside Magazine. She can be reached at nazsioshansi@hotmail.com.

Rachel Travers – Writer
Rachel Travers is a freelance food, lifestyle and travel writer who has contributed regularly to The Boston Globe, as well as a smattering of regional and national magazines and online sites. She recently took her daughter to begin college at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, and is busily feathering her emply nest with interesting writing assignments, trips  and ideas. She can be reached at alphasoup2@aol.com.

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