As a kid, nothing beat the arrival of late summer when my mom started harvesting our garden to make huge batches of pesto and gazpacho. Her culinary lessons combined with my favorite TV program, Alton Brown’s science-infused cooking show Good Eats, to form the basis of my food worldview. I am obsessed with diving deep into the chemistry of food to make it more delicious–an obsession that has only grown stronger in my quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. In my downtime, you will find me perusing the cookbook section of the library, feeding my sourdough starter, and surreptitiously picking figs from my neighborhood trees. Show up with a bag of Trader Joe’s elote corn chips, and we may just become best friends.