A Bit About Me! Me! Me!
I’ve worked as a marketing professor, investigative journalist, marketing consultant, consumer advocate, and anti-Trump hell-raiser. In 2012, I co-founded The Philanthropy Connection, a women’s grant-making organization, and served as its president until 2017. I have an M.B.A. (University of Texas Austin), and a Ph.D. in Marketing (Northwestern University). I live with my husband Max Bazerman and good dog Becca Sue (a rescue from Natchez, Mississippi) in Cambridge, MA and Stowe, VT.
My favorite activities are thinking about plant-based food, writing about plant-based food, cooking plant-based food, eating plant-based food, and traveling to beautiful places to hike with Max … where we seek delicious plant-based food (that’s us in Escalante, Utah; Max on far left, then me, and friends Michael and Marjorie).
The Early Years: Twinkies, Hot Dogs & Fried Chicken
I grew up in Pikesville, a suburb of Baltimore, in the 1960s. My mother wasn’t much interested in cooking, and my father wasn’t interested in eating much beyond Twizzlers, ice cream, and Milk Duds. A typical weekday meal was broiled chicken, flaccid green beans out of a can, and an occasional baked potato with margarine.
Gran & Her Sisters
The only food I liked more than Camp Food was Gran’s Food, particularly Friday night Shabbat dinner and Sunday brunch. Homemade chicken noodle soup with pearls of chicken fat and thick chunks of carrots floating on top. Brisket with crispy ends, the middle so tender, no knife required.
Max & Becca
When I met Max he was a lanky, at 6’2”, 145-pound doctoral student, his stomach so concave his torso resembled a giant comma. On our first dinner date, at an Italian restaurant, we ordered pizza: half plain cheese (him), half pepperoni (me).