From an early age, food was to be an important part of my life…
Born into a European family, my heritage included a deep appreciation of food although in my early years I didn’t care for it much. My mother told of the great lengths that were invoked to try to get me to eat – anything.
However, after getting married, food became a major interest as I saw it for its entertaining value. As we entertained frequently and I cooked more, it became a primary interest in my life to the point that I was writing for newspapers and magazines such as Bon Appetit, Chocolatier, and The Pleasures of Cooking as well as The St Louis Post Dispatch and Kansas City Star newspapers. A book, The New Pastry Cook soon followed. A consulting stint with Cuisinarts assisting them in developing techniques for pastry making using the food processor was followed by travel teaching which found me jaunting from city to city teaching my new and updated methods of working with pastry.
In 1987 I opened my bakery, Truffes, Inc. which supplied upscale, wholesale pastries and desserts to hotels, restaurants and caterers. Hand made in small batches to ensure consistency and quality, these pastries have not varied from that value to this day in over 20 years. Soon after opening, wedding and specialty cakes were added. Our website, www.gooeychocolate.com features well over 150 photographs. In 2001 I opened the retail arm of the businesss featuring upscale take out food, soups, appetizers, catering and of, course, our very special pastries. In 2007, I returned to the bakery and am active in it to this day.
However, the lure of writing never left me – I only lacked the time to pursue it. With a full time staff that allows me this time, I have returned to my first love – writing about food. My husband, a professional freelance photographer, adds another dimension to my writing by providing the magazine quality photographs that assist the cook and show off the final presentation.
The New Pastry Cook
Modern methods for making your own classic and contemporary pastries!