My name is Starr (yes, that really is my given name, and no, my parents weren't hippies) and I'm a 30-something writing professor by day and not-so-secret foodie by night. Along with being a professional grader of essays (or "dream killer," as my boyfriend has affectionately nicknamed me) and an unofficial taster of all donuts, I'm also a bibliophile, an Anglophile, and an enthusiastic supporter of cocktail hour. I'm not a chef or a professional food critic; nor do I work in the food industry (although I did once work for a culinary school!), but I am passionate about food culture. I spend an inordinate amount of my free time trying new restaurants, attending culinary festivals, stalking food trucks, trading tips and cooking with my foodie friends.