Yum! – Good Food was started in the year 2000 (before blogs exploded!) as a food-themed website featuring articles, recipes, restaurant and cookbook reviews, and photo galleries. An archive of the site is still available online at www.yumfood.org. Now it has become this blog and a way for me to share my experiences with food and cooking, both at home (currently Boston) and during my travels.
I am from Oakland, California, and have lived in San Francisco, Thailand, Italy, London, and am currently in Boston, Massachusetts. I have loved food and cooking since I was little, my travel photos are mostly of food, and the first place I like to visit in a new country is the local food market. I grew up in a multicultural family (Lebanese, Thai, Chinese, French-Canadian) and learned to appreciate many different flavors and cuisines from a very young age. My family owned a Thai restaurant in the Bay Area for a few years, and I’ve worked in the kitchen at the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. I have a degree in Biology from Tufts University and am particularly interested in the science of cooking — the chemistry and biology that explain why things happen the way they do in your kitchen. I started the Master’s in Gastronomy program at BU in January of 2011 and have worked at America’s Test Kitchen as an Associate Editor for Cook’s Illustrated magazine.