Mentions in the Press


At work on the photoshoot for my book, Field Guide to Cookies. Photo courtesy of Steve Legato.

I am available for freelance work as a food writer, stylist, and photographer. Please contact me at anita [at] dessertfirstgirl [dot] com.

Freelance pieces:

Life & Thyme – Salt & Straw: From Portland to Los Angeles, November 2014

Thrillist – Super Donut Shops in San Francisco, July 2014

Groupon – Summer Food Festivals in San Francisco, July 2014

Groupon – Best Candy Shops in San Francisco, May 2014

Groupon – Asian Desserts in San Francisco, March 2014

Groupon – Chocolate Desserts in San Francisco, February 2014

Groupon – Best Baking Classes in San Francisco, January 2014

Groupon – Sweet Chill: Best Ice Cream in San Francisco, December 2013

Pear and Almond Frangipane Tart for Style at Home feature, December 2013

Groupon – Best Bakeries in San Francisco, November 2013

Singing Dog Vanilla, Noisette Pastry Kitchen profile, Spring 2013; Barrani Pastry Arts profile, Summer 2013

Cake & Whiskey – the Sweet column, Spring 2013, Summer 2013

Driscoll’s Berries – Valentine’s Day post and recipe, February 2013
Pieography: Where Pie Meets Biography – recipe contributor, February 2013

Edible East Bay – O Cookie Beloved, feature article, Summer 2010

Two articles on Charles Chocolates and Bittersweet Chocolate Cafe in The Chocolate Guide, published by TCB Cafe Publishing in December 2007.

Baking911 – Feature columnist in monthly Baking911 newsletter.

Edible East BayCharles and the Chocolate Factory, feature article, Fall 2007

Edible East BayA Day in a Life Full of Chocolate, feature article and cover photo, Winter 2007

Interviews and Profiles:

Spoonful, S’Mores Recipes, March 2013

Huffington Post, Coffee Cake Recipes, March 2013

Huffington Post, Goji Berry Recipes, October 2012

The Foodie Bugle, Interview July 2012

BlogHer Food, Featured Speaker on Food Photography Trends, April 2012

Poor Taste Magazine, Food Blogger of the Month February 2012

Ming Pao Gourmet, Interview, July 2011

Berkeley Forefront, The Science of Sweet, December 2009

Wasabimon – Food Blogger Profile, November 2009

C&H SweetTalkSweet Season article, Fall 2009 newsletter

Domino Sugar – Profiled in September 2009 newsletter

Berkeley Innovations, A Recipe for Success, February 2009

Sunset Magazine – Sweet Tooth Heaven , February 2009 issue

Asia Society – One Smart Cookie, December 31, 2008

New York Times – Butter Holds the Secret to Cookies that Sing, December 16, 2008

C&H SweetTalkProfiled in summer 2007 newsletter.

Reviews of Field Guide to Cookies and Field Guide to Candy:

San Francisco Bay Guardian reviews Field Guide to Candy, April 5, 2010

Field Guide to Candy in the Chicago Tribune, October 21, 2009

Field Guide to Candy in USA Today, October 1, 2009

Field Guide to Candy in LA Times, October 2009

Field Guide to Candy featured on Epicurious, December 2009

NYTimes Diners’ Journal reviews Field Guide to Cookies, December 3, 2008

7×7 Bits and Bites Blog reviews Field Guide to Cookies, December 2, 2008.

McClatchy Washington Bureau reviews Field Guide to Cookies, October 16, 2008

SlashfoodField Guide to Cookies is the Cookbook of the Day, October 10, 2008

Baking Bites reviews Field Guide to Cookies, October 6, 2008

Awards and Other Mentions:

Foodista Food Blog of the Day Badge April 10, 2010

Saveur‘s First Annual Best Food Blog Awards – Nominated in Best Baking and Desserts Category, March 2010

Top 50 Best Chefs on Twitter, March 2010 – Guest Top Ten List, Top 10 Dessert Blogs, August 2009

ring-a-lings – Recap of my Cupcake Class at Tante Marie’s Cooking School, April 2009

Chow – Baking Instructional Videos, December 2008

DelishBest of the Food Blogs, Sep tember 15, 2008

Hugging the Coast20 Blogs Guaranteed to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, August 19, 2008

Tante Marie’s Cooking School – Article Want to Go to Pastry School? featured in July 2008 newsletter, along with recipe for Almond Apricot Tarts

Photo shoot for private client, May 2008.

Washington Post article on food blogs, featured blog, April 2, 2008

Desserts Magazine – Chocolate Vietnamese Coffee Tart, article in Issue #1 February 2008

Typepad Featured Blog, February 9, 2008

Culinate – Top Ten FInalist in Death by Chocolate contest February 2008. Invited to participate in Death by Chocolate Festival at Napa.

Part of judging panel for Nordicware’s Annual Bundt Cake Contest, October 2007

First place overall, Does My Blog Look Good in This, October 2007

Schmap Travel GuidesFood photos selected for Schmap Paris Guide.

Second place in Edibility, Third place Overall, Does My Blog Look Good in This, June 2007

Food and WineHonorable Mention in Food Photography Contest, October 7, 2006

First place in originality, Does My Blog Look Good in This, October 2006

First place, Does My Blog Look Good in This, September 2006

Chow Food Media BlogHow to Make a Pastry Chef Happy September 26, 2006

KQED Bay Area Bites – Featured Post September 19, 2006

Slashfood – Featured Post July 3, 2006, August 28, 2006, September 12, 2006, October 10, 2006, October 27, 2006, December 27, 2006, February 11, 2008

Food and Wine – Top Five Posts in the Food and Wine Blogosphere, Week of July 31, 2006

Typepad Featured Blog, July 29, 2006

Taste TV Featured Blog

GothamistArticle on strawberries, June 21, 2006

SFist – Food Blog Round-Up July 10, 2006; May 29, 2006; May 22, 2006; May 15, 2006; September 11, 2006; September 25, 2006; October 2, 2006; October 16, 2006