CIA-trained pastry nerd, prodigal food writer, and resident Pastry Wizard. Once upon a time, Stella cashed out her life savings to attend language school in Tokyo so she could read the secret menu at her favorite sushi joint. Later, Food & Wine cited that compulsive dedication in naming her one of America’s Best New Pastry Chefs. When not in the kitchen, Stella spends most of her time polishing Star Trek quotes, playing video games, and waiting for the publication of her cookbook, BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts (W. W. Norton & Company), coming in August 2017.
Favorite foods: Fluffy yellow cake with fudge frosting and rainbow sprinkles. Baumkuchen. Marshmallows roasted on a stick. Oatmeal cream pies and truck stop coffee. Warm apple cider doughnuts. Take 5 candy bars in the Kroger parking lot.
Last bite on earth: A big bowl of my husband's gumbo over rice, bottle of red, and, just before the end, a bite of 48% milk chocolate.