|Jill Duffy eats asparagus.|
All my formative years were spent in Huntington, New York (which is on Long Island), where I worked food service jobs since age 14. Cooking is only a small part of that relationship. It also includes understanding how the food industry works, how we eat, and how we think about what we eat.
In my wide range of food experience, I've been the editor of the food section of a newspaper, managed a sweet shop and bakery, worked as the garde manger (a.k.a. "salad bitch") of a huge dining facility, baked bagels at 4:30 a.m., sliced meat, redesigned menus, manned a short-order grill, stuck my arms in a 550°F pizza oven, repeatedly, and much more. I've spent more hours than I can count hiding from customers in walk-ins and squatting behind cold cases to occasionally catch my breath.
Now, I spend most of my time facing a computer monitor.
I initially started this blog in 2007 to write about food and the close connection I have with it as a result of those early jobs and later forays into food writing and editing. This blog now focuses on a range of topics, including digital organization and stories from my life more generally.
I've lived in North Carolina; Buffalo, New York; San Francisco and Oakland, California; and London. I now live in the neighborhood of Sunnyside, New York, which has a stunning view of the Empire State Building.