Grace Parisi is the author of 3 cookbooks, most recently, The Portlandia Cookbook; Cook Like a Local. Her previous book, Get Saucy was nominated for a James Beard award for Best Single Subject Book of 2005. She has since written for Cooking Light, Fitness, Epicurious, Health and O Magazine. In the kitchen Grace is adept at all cuisines and is an expert baker and recipe developer. Given the choice between sweet and savory, her response is always, "Yes, Please!" In her life outside the kitchen, Grace is a long distance runner, athlete, and an avid racer. She plays guitars, loves camping, gardening in her postage-stamp sized Brooklyn backyard and cooking for a crowd, including her husband and two children.