Jane Bonacci is the co-author of “The Gluten-Free Bread Machine Cookbook) and writes The Heritage Cook (www.theheritagecook.com) food blog. She is an expert in gluten-free baking and cooking, a professional food and travel writer, recipe developer, and recipe tester. Her goal is to help people get back in the kitchen, cooking from scratch with the freshest local ingredients they can find. 

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When did you first decide you wanted to make food your career?
While I always had a passion for food and cooking, it wasn’t until I had lost both parents and needed a change from high tech that I decided to finally follow my dreams.

How did you get where you are today in the food business?
I started with a job in the back office of a cooking school, then worked in a corporate cafeteria kitchen. Eventually I knew I wanted to write about food, started my blog “The Heritage Cook” and began pursuing food writing opportunities. My favorite jobs are recipe development and writing for clients.

What is your favorite food experience?
A dinner in Austin TX with a group of other food professionals; the chef insisted on choosing a menu for us and then presented each dish himself.

If you had one last meal, what would it be?
My grandmother’s chicken and homemade noodles. This was the first dish where I discovered the quality of simple ingredients can make a remarkable dinner.

What was your first cookbook?
The Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cookbook and Joy of Cooking.

What project are you working on now?
I just completed my first cookbook, The Gluten-Free Bread Machine Cookbook, continue writing my blog, and am considering a possible eBook.

Have you held SFPFS board positions in the past?
I was Membership Chair and also took on Events/Member Events when that chair could no longer be part of the board.

What have you gained from being a member of the SFPFS?
Besides making wonderful friends, SFPFS offers many opportunities for networking and expanding your local contacts. You never know when you might be able to help someone with a project or when you may need something yourself and members of SFPFS are always willing to help!