Broad Appetite is a blog about discovering culture through food - because life’s too short to eat boring.

This quote from chef Andy Ricker sums up my food philosophy perfectly, "Whether you immediately like the food is not the point. You eat it and your realm of possibilities expands”

Food is the lens through which I experience culture and connect to people. I explore the world through it's cuisines and am constantly drawing inspiration from what I find.  


Cooking has been my one consistent passion in life. While I dabbled in everything from art to accounting, food was the only thing that stuck. So I started this blog in the summer of 2013 to get all my random food musings, recipes, and pictures off Facebook and onto its own platform.

Now I spend most days at the nearest coffee shop searching for recipes, reading food articles, or writing while drinking too much coffee (and eating too many chocolate-covered espresso beans). You may also find me searching for interesting ingredients at the Vietnamese market and daring my fiancé to eat things like durian and 1,000 year old eggs.

But my favorite thing to do is to pour myself a glass of wine and spend all day in the kitchen tinkering with a new recipe. Nothing gives me more pleasure than making something delicious and sharing it with people I love. 

Other random tidbits

favorite books: the omnivore's dilemma, in defense of food, garlic and sapphires, a making of a chef, the power of now, ancient futures, pok pok cookbook, heat

favorite foods: instant Korean ramen, pho, eggs, banoffee pie, roasted bone marrow with parsley salad, tofu, ramps, sea scallops, pimento grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato jam, smashed avocado on wonder bread toast, drunken noodles (thai spicy), ricotta stuffed squash blossoms, grits


Food Quotes (just because)

Even after twenty-odd years of traveling to Thailand, I still come across unfamiliar dishes just about every time I go. Some are compelling preceisely because they take your assumptions about Thai food - any food really - and smash them to pieces...Whether you immediately like the food is not the point. You eat it and your realm of possibilities expands
— Andy Ricker, Pok Pok Cookbook
People who love to eat are always the best people.
— Julia Child
Invention, my dear friends, is 93 percent perspiration, 6 percent electricity, 4 percent evaporation, and 2 percent butterscotch ripple.
— Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
We are noodle folk. Broth runs through our viens.
— Mr. Ping, Kung Fu Panda
When I buy cookies, I eat just four and throw the rest away. But first I spray them with Raid so I won’t dig them out of the garbage later. Be careful, though, because Raid doesn’t taste that bad.
— Janette Barber

My family