So, who am I?
Well, to start with, my name is Alexandra McDermott. I was born in Oklahoma, but remember nothing about it . . . my father was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and we moved on to his next assignment before I turned three. In my young life I have already lived on two continents, in five countries, five states and fourteen houses.
I studied pastry arts at L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland, and then culinary arts at George Brown College’s Chef School in Toronto. I also got a certificate in journalism from the University of Massachusetts, began dabbling in photography as a hobby and wrote a historical YA novel. (I’m a fanatical reader, whether it’s cookbooks, literature, travel guides, or history textbooks.)
By the time I had finished my schooling, my culinary aspirations had settled on being a cookbook author, as I would then be able to combine my loves for cooking, writing, photography, history, and travel.
My debut cookbook, Potato Pie and Cherry Pickle, a collection of vintage recipes from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was published on June 28, 2014. It is available for sale on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.Just, a few months later, in August 2014, my family decided to move back to England, where we had previously been stationed for three years. We settled in the lovely riverside village of Bourne End.
Time-Life’s matchless Foods of the World series are the cookbooks that inspire me the most; Nigel Slater is my favourite cookery writer. I love chocolate, Caprese panini, Greek salad, lamb curry, aged cheddar, French baguettes, English butter, saffron pilaf, all forms of ice cream, proper British scones, multigrain bagels and more chocolate.
If you have questions or comments, I would be delighted to hear from you. You can get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.