I am the daughter of an Armenian father and an Italian mother, and a self-taught cook with a passion for exploring ethnic cuisines. I have participated in many culinary events and taken advantage of learning from top chefs and cookbook authors wherever I have lived.
Those places include Princeton, New Jersey, where I was born, Cambridge Ma., where I followed Julia Child around Savenor’s Market, and Aspen Co., where I volunteered at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. I moved back to Princeton in the 1980s and took up gardening so I could continue to enjoy my favorite dishes from the southwest.
I volunteered for many years on the steering committee of Princeton’s Taste of the Nation, part of an annual hunger-relief fundraiser that takes place all over the US each spring, chairing the Princeton event in 2000 and 2001.
I have taught ethnic cooking at the Princeton Adult School, and currently write recipe columns and restaurant reviews for The Princeton Packet, in addition to the Good Taste column for their monthly Packet Magazine, and NJ SPICE, my blog. I am a card-carrying member of Slow Food, the international organization committed to preserving traditional foods and culinary culture.
If you need to contact me, you can comment on a post (I won’t publish it with your email, of course), or email me at enjspice at yahoo.com.