|Anna Muggiati, portrait by Adi Ziv-Av
With my cousin, at the age of 6, I had my first culinary adventure: Vanilla custard, prepared in my grandmother's kitchen while grandma was taking her afternoon nap. It was not one of the best desserts I've ever made. But we were thrilled to be cooking something by ourselves.
Later, in Great Britain, I got in touch with the amazing gastropub revolution, witnessing how old pubs were becoming a paradise for creative chefs driven to change the reputation of British food. From Israel, I bring touches of Mediterranean cuisine.
In parallel to my professional activities as a journalist, I've never stopped cooking and experimenting with culinary books. After moving to the United States, I began cooking non-stop. My kids became my priority in life, and after six years of cooking their every meal, I became a food blogger. I am one of the founders of the site Cook Play Explore.
I cooked with kids at my son's school for 4 years. With that volunteer activity, which began in September 2010, I could see my passion flourishing beyond my close circle of family and friends.
In 2014 I volunteered to make part of the wonderful Eating California series of workshops and a fundraiser small plates tasting, incorporating Native California plants to many dishes.