Hi! My name is Melissa and I am the author, recipe developer, and photographer behind Bits of Umami. Since I am no expert – I cook through trial and error and a lot of experimentation. Bits of Umami is now my little internet home where I can share my successes with all of you!
I grew up and live in Los Angeles, Ca. Growing up, I spent my summers with my Grandma watching Food Network everyday. I remember writing down detailed recipe notes while watching Sara Moulton Cooks at Home and trying to learn all of Emeril’s tricks. BAM! I mean, isn’t this what every normal 3rd grader does? In elementary school, I decided that reading Chinese cookbooks was an acceptable alternative to an actual reading book during silent reading hour. Holes? The Giver? Bridge to Terabithia? Nah… let me learn about the proper way of cooking and stir-frying vermicelli instead. While I don’t think I ever actually put those notes and cookbooks to use, I believe that this is what began my addiction to food. Who said addiction had to be a bad thing? No need for rehab here.
In college, my love for food and culture really grew deeper. My roommates and I made it our mission to go out on “foodventures” every weekend where we went out and explored Los Angeles via trying foods from different parts of the world in our own little corner of it. Through this I developed a huge interest in travel. The relationship between food and culture is something that I find to be extremely captivating and I hope to one day explore that further. Unfortunately, being a 20-something year old in the process of paying off my student loans doesn’t exactly allow for a huge travel budget… Due to this, I have created Bits of Umami as an outlet to learn about different cultures, teach myself how to cook food from different parts of the world, and share my findings with you. I’m a lover of food with an appetite for pretty much anything and everything so be prepared to find a wide variety of recipes here. Hope you enjoy them and thanks for joining me on this journey!
Thank you so much for visiting!