about me

Me+again about meHi, I’m Julie.

I set up this website, a sort of reality cookbook, in response to recipe requests for “real meals”, and frequent questions about what I eat at home. This is, openly and honestly, what I eat. Most of it.

To be honest, I found the idea of writing a cookbook entirely of dinner recipes a bit uninspiring – partly because most of us don’t use cookbooks and recipes on a day to day basis, but mostly because in most households, on an average Wednesday night the dinnertime decision-making process has more to do with using up what’s about to go slimy/wilty/smelly in the fridge, reheating something or other, or pulling an old standby into service. Even though I’m a food writer, with a husband, preschooler and inconsistent schedule, my mealtimes work much the same way.

That said, my career in the food world, coupled with a lifelong obsession with all there is to eat, allows me the opportunity to explore more culinary avenues than most people. As a food writer, author, stylist, journalist, I’m the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One, a contributor to an amazing new online cooking series, Good Bite, and co-host of a TV cooking show (It’s Just Food on Viva Network) I’m often researching topics of interest, working with interesting people or trying out new things, all of which often influence what’s for dinner. This site is a sort of kitchen diary, addressing all the factors that govern what we eat – seasons, events, locales, participants, politics, kids, marketing. As the late, great food writer Laurie Colwin once said (or wrote, I’m not sure which came first), “It is not just the Great Works of mankind that make a culture. It is the daily things, like what people eat and how they serve it.”

So, welcome to my kitchen. It is located in Calgary, in the back of an almost 100 year old house in the ultra friendly neighborhood of Ramsay, and is shared with my husband, Mike, 5 year son, Willem, and big black dog, Lou.

If you’d like to email me, you can send messages to onesmartcook@hotmail.com.

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January 09 2008 03:10 pm

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