I am a registered dietitian, professional recipe developer, experienced food stylist, and cookbook author.
I became a dietitian after studying nutrition at Baylor University and Emory University Hospital. Though I am incredibly intrigued by medical nutrition, my love of cooking led me into a test kitchen apron instead of a clinical white coat. I landed a dream job in the Oxmoor House Test Kitchen, testing recipes and food styling for several publications and their cookbooks (Cooking Light, Southern Living, Coastal Living, and Weight Watchers, to name a few), working with incredibly talented and inspiring people.
For almost 20 years, I’ve had the opportunity to style food for print, editorial, commercials, and Hollywood film for big and small companies. The majority of my current work is as a freelance professional recipe developer, food stylist, and food photography, specializing in gluten-free recipes.
I am also thrilled to have published my first book! Fast & Simple Gluten-Free was such fun to create…. but mostly I am grateful that through it I can spread the joy of delicious, quick and easy, gluten-free food.
One of my greatest joys and privileges is teaching others food photography and styling. There’s nothing like spreading the spark of creativity through know-how and tactical skills. In either one-on-one or large group settings, it’s always my favorite moments to see people inspired, ready to get in their kitchen, and behind their camera!
In 2011, I cautiously and excitedly began the journey of my food blog, kumquat. My passions for food, recipe developing, and food styling were initially the key drivers. But quickly I was overwhelmed and overjoyed with the opportunity to help others and spread hope… hope of eating delicious gluten-free foods, full of nutrition, belly-soothing, and comforting.
I think about food, a lot. I love making something wonderful and beautiful and sharing with others. Blending flavors and textures, and mixing up gluten-free treats are my personal art form. kumquat is devoted to the belief that gluten-free food can and should be easy to prepare, wholesome, and delicious enough for everyone.