chef, mother, outdoor lover

Emma weaves her love for adventure and seasonal cooking into her mothering, art, and work. Her home is infused with the flavors and languages of her Italian, British, and Jewish heritage, and her wildly international family.

She is the author of Feast by Firelight: Simple Recipes for Camping, Cabins, and the Great Outdoors, and a second book – coming soon (preorder here)! With her husband Bobby, she co-founded the glamping destination, Firelight Camps, in Upstate New York where they live with their two daughters.

Prior to that, Emma and Bobby opened La Buena Onda, a boutique hostel and farm-to-table café in Nicaragua. As a Fulbright Scholar, Emma worked with indigenous farmers in the Ecuadorian Andes, supporting efforts to restore relationships between urban families and small-scale farmers, and became a founding member of Groundswell International to support ongoing food systems work globally. She has worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization in Kenya, Fair Food Philly in Philadelphia, the Majora Carter Group in the Bronx, and Millstone Farm in Connecticut to help make locally grown food available to underserved populations through supermarkets, schools, hospitals, and universities. With over a decade of experience as a cooking teacher, recipe developer, and food blogger, she has helped home cooks build their confidence in sourcing and preparing seasonal ingredients.

Emma appeared as a top finalist on Food Network Star Season 10, and has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Epicurious, Martha Stewart, Conde Nast Traveler, Forbes, Men’s Journal, and Jetsetter.

Emma offers “a refreshing take on ancient wisdom, mixed with clever new ways to embrace family life.”

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I’ve always been enchanted by food. The kind that can quickly be traced to a person. The kind bred with love and soul. Mamma’s tomatoes on the vine, which she planted for our little hands to seek and grasp. A farmers’ carrots and apples piled high in crates at the market. A neighbor stooping alongside the road, collecting herbs in her basket.

Ingredients tell stories. They awaken dormant memories in our bones or form new ones. They connect us to our communities, local and far-flung. They show us how to eat with the seasons.

As a first-generation American and an avid adventurer, food has always oriented me to where I am, where I come from, and who I am becoming. Food is my compass, and cooking is my favorite way to guide my children.

With every ingredient we greet and collect - from wild goldenrod to fresh eggs - and every simple dish we make - from roast chicken to pesto gnocchi - we remember how to celebrate our place in this grand home called Earth. And we feast to give thanks!


“Emma’s recipes are uncomplicated and easy-to-follow, using simple ingredients and clever techniques to create mouthwatering meals that go far beyond store-bought hot dogs and s'mores. Emma’s fervor for both food and nature is infectious.”

Nicole Gaffney
Blogger and Food Network Star Season 10