About Jill

JillHi. I’m Jill, a native Vermonter and a recovering New Yorker, currently making my home and plenty of pizza with my boyfriend and his two cats in Rome, Italy.

I have a master’s in cooking from the university of the Slow Food movement in Piedmont, Italy and a master’s in Humanities from the University of Chicago where I focused primarily on Philosophy, Human Rights, and Chinese language. I also spent a year as an undergraduate reading Romantic poetry at Oxford University. My professional career has spanned the realms of program evaluation, philanthropy, legal empowerment, international development, communications and technology.

I’ve interned at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Rome and picked strawberries for a paycheck with migrant farmers in Vermont. But I’ve also attended the deliberations of legal empowerment working groups at the United Nations, facilitated discussions in Africa and Asia on innovation in monitoring and evaluation and read poetry with a great, great, great nephew and scholar of William Wordsworth.

This blog is intended to bring together the many hats I’ve worn in homage to my favorite muse, the edible, whatever exactly that might mean. When not talking about food, I’m usually finding my balance by kicking up some dirt in my running shoes.