Who am I: My name is Anita and I am a Bay Area native, living and working around San Francisco, whose lifelong addiction to all things sweet has developed into a happy baking and photography hobby.
Where I've been: In 2005 I took a six-month professional pastry course at Tante Marie's Cooking School, which focused on classic French patisserie. I braved the perils of burning sugar, overwhipped egg whites, and melting fondant to make croissants, croquembouche, and tarte tatin. A record of my travails can be found at my Flickr page.
Where I'm going: I haven't made the jump to full-time pastry; instead, I got hooked on documenting my and my classmates' creations during pastry class. Right now I enjoying baking what suits my fancy (I am working my way through several of Pierre Hermé's books) and taking pictures of them. I hope you enjoy them!
I am also available for freelance work as a food writer, stylist, and photographer. Please contact me at pastrygirl.dessertfirst(AT)gmail(DOT)com.
Mentions in the Press
Baking911 - Feature recipe in November 2007 newsletter.
Edible East Bay - Charles and the Chocolate Factory, feature article, Fall 2007
Photo shoot for private client, July 2007.
Second place in Edibility, Third place Overall, Does My Blog Look Good in This, June 2007
First place in originality, Does My Blog Look Good in This, October 2006
First place, Does My Blog Look Good in This, September 2006
Food and Wine - Top Five Posts in the Food and Wine Blogosphere, Week of July 31, 2006