Why did you start a blog?
I started this blog so I wouldn’t continue to bore my family with the minutia of my every meal and could instead find my community of people interested in these same details who would inspire me to cook new, different, and adventurous things.
Who takes the pictures and does the drawings?
Unless otherwise noted, all photographs are mine or Mike’s, and all drawings are my own. Please get in touch with me if you would like to use them.
Can you tell me about different kitchen products? How do you know what to use?
Many of the tools I use were collected over the years. I also worked at Williams-Sonoma for three years. That job was a big source of kitchen tools and knowledge.
Where are you from?
I’ve lived in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston for seven years. Previously I lived in Astoria and Chelsea, NYC. Astoria is a great place to eat and be inspired by food. We try to visit our family and friends that are still there regularly.
Why Bread and Beta?
First, because I love bread – it’s always been one of my favorite foods. The word Beta was chosen to reflect multiple meanings. It refers to testing and experiments, which is what I am doing with this blog and in the kitchen. It also honors our first pet together, a Betta fish. I like how the two words sound together and hint at experimentation, trying something new, and not settling for what is given.
What types of foods and recipes are featured on this blog?
This has changed over the course of the blog. I started out featuring a lot of baked goods, one of my specialties. As my diet has changed, the recipes have adapted to accommodate these changes, covering different diets, including vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and carnivorous options. Baking is still prominent but not always the key focus.
I love to talk – especially about food, ingredients, restaurants, etc. Email me at pia [at] breadandbeta [dot] com