Samin Nosrat began her cooking career in her family kitchen, learning the art of Persian cooking and the importance of gathering around the table. Studying journalism with Michael Pollan at UC Berkeley and working in the kitchen at Chez Panisse, she has developed a passion for telling stories about food and articulating the importance of how and what we eat. Samin coordinates fundraising and awareness-raising activities nationwide using food as the vehicle for engagement and activism. She produced “Bake Sale for Japan,” in 2011, raising over $150,000 in 42 cities for earthquake victims and their families, as well as “Eating For Education,” a national campaign to support school gardens in every community. Samin teaches cooking classes at Bi-Rite Market and at Pizzaiolo, and blogs about her life and work at Ciao Samin. She is currently at work on her first book.

Question authors are:
Diana Dinh, who lives and works in San Francisco and and has attended Samin's cooking classes. She loves to bake and her favorite things to make are layer cakes and upside down cakes.

Melissa Wong is a graduate of UC Berkeley. She currently works in the music/tech world for an audio sound sharing platform called SoundCloud but she used to work in the food/restaurant industry where she got to experience first-hand how magical the Bay Area food community scene truly is.

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