Profile Details

Name

Kari

My hometown

San Diego, California

Where I live now

Maxfield, Maine

Roots: Tell us a little about yourself

I’m an editor by profession and a food enthusiast by nature. Currently freelancing while working as a cheesemaker on a goat dairy in Maine. If I could do anything, it would be to run a welding shop that doubled as a pie bakery.

What is your family’s culinary heritage?

Southern Californian with a dash of South Dakota farming and a bit of Great Depression—turnips, rhubarb, lots of citrus, bread soaked in milk. The most long-lived family recipes are probably for potato salad and survival casserole.

Favorite childhood food memory

Eating bibimbap in the basement of a shoe store in Seoul, South Korea. My flight attendant mother, insistent that we experience the dish with its signature runny egg, had inadvertently talked the cooks out of including it; we were heartbroken! But it’s still my very favorite memory of the weight of food. Although there was also Granny Hiller’s orange ice…

Favorite dish to share

Honestly? Nachos and beer.