Chef, culinary educator, and food writer Lucy Vaserfirer is the author of Seared to Perfection, Marinades, Flavored Butters, Not Your Mother's Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook, and The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook. She is the creator, writer, and photographer of the blog Hungry Cravings, an online resource that demystifies complex cooking and baking techniques and offers delicious, foolproof recipes. She is an Adjunct Instructor of Cooking at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, and at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, and she has taught both home cooks and professional chefs and bakers for many years. She holds Le Cordon Bleu associate degrees both in culinary arts and in patisserie & baking. She lives in Vancouver, Washington.