Headshot 2Hi, I’m Christine Duval, young adult author of the Freshman Forty series (Bloomsbury Children’s Books and Amazon), and an avid home cook. I love collaborating with friends and family in my kitchen to create delicious, healthy recipes that everyone can enjoy.

Raised on Long Island, I lived in Manhattan for ten years and studied the techniques of French cooking at Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now the Institute of Culinary Education) before becoming a professional writer and author. I currently reside in beautiful Hunterdon County, NJ, a busy mom with two teenagers and a very spoiled pup.

I believe that cooking brings people together like nothing else and when you shop for and make your own meals, you can feel good about what you are putting into your body without spending your whole pay check. There’s no reason to sacrifice quality or flavor just because you are on a budget.

I hope this blog will inspire you and help grow your confidence as a home cook. After all, it’s your kitchen now!