I was a food professional for over 35 years, and wrote my first cookbook, Passover Desserts, in 1994. I originally studied with a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, and after learning French techniques, decided that I really preferred baking. I grew up in New York City and was very accustomed to excellent bread and pastry and I missed that when we moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1980. I knew that if I wanted high quality desserts I would have to make them myself. I am retired from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and have taught seminars at the IACP and at Johnson and Wales University on dairy-free baking. I currently live in Tewksbury, Mass., with my husband and dog, Molly. We are now very active grandparents for our grandson, Kai, and hope to split our time between Tewksbury and Olympia, Washington, where our second grandson will soon be born. Both my veterinarian daughter and our lawyer son are excellent cooks!