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Laura is half-Persian and half-American and was raised eating gourmet meals that her working mother prepared. She quickly learned that the family meal was where stories were shared, memories were made, and, of course, good food was enjoyed. Laura brought her culinary enthusiasm to her own family’s meals and began to write it all on her blog, Family Spice, in 2008. Laura used her graphic design background and life-long love of photography to document delicious meals that appeal to all of the senses. Laura enjoys getting creative in the kitchen, combining fresh ingredients, contrasting flavors, exotic spices and multiple cooking techniques from all over the world. Laura’s recipes and photographs have been featured in multiple websites and publications including The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Parade, and Today. Laura works regularly with brands to photograph and develop recipes.
In 2014, Laura photographed, designed and co-authored the cookbook, Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil. As an ebook, it won a gold medal from Dan Poynter’s 2013 Global Ebook Award. Demand was so strong for the ebook, that Laura and her partner expanded it and produced a beautiful hardback cookbook. As a certified olive oil taster, Laura often travels and holding cooking demos to demystify extra virgin olive oil.
Laura is also a member of the San Diego Chapter of Les Dammes d’Escoffier and International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).