Hello! I’m Jess Schreibstein, a Baltimore-based cook and artist. I started this blog back in 2010, and it has evolved over time to become a space where I share recipes, travel, and inspiration from the wider creative community. I am a firm believer in making knowledge accessible to anyone and everyone, and hope that by sharing my experiences in the kitchen – preserving food, making herbal medicine, and cooking with whole, seasonal vegetables, fruits, grains and bones holistically and with intention – you too feel empowered to make food that sustains and nourishes you.
In 2012, I was still living in Washington, D.C. and founded the DC Food Swap, a barter-only market for food that our local community has either made or grown themselves. If you’re interested in starting up a food swap in your own community, I wrote a blog post about how to start. My writing has also appeared in NPR, Food52, the Thrive Market blog, The Runcible Spoon, and Geeked Magazine, and this blog was featured twice in WordPress’ Freshly Pressed for my post on my solo trip to Iceland and a post on wild fermentation methods. I shared some thoughts on herbalism and holistic healing with Portland Apothecary. In 2014, I traveled to Oaxaca for a weaving residency and wrote about it for Knit Wit Magazine, the Fringe Association blog, and spoke about my trip on the Woolful podcast. My Baltimore home (along with my boyfriend and two cats) has been featured on Design*Sponge.
When I’m not cooking, I’m knitting, painting, or exploring Baltimore by bike. Photography on this blog is shot in 35mm film on a hand-me-down camera. I love hearing from you, so please say hello!