Jennifer Olvera is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago, and she has all-but tested and developed recipes since toddlehood. She writes the Sunday Supper column for Serious Eats and regularly contributes food features to Chicago Sun-Times. She can often be found tending her garden, canning and traveling to far-flung destinations, where she writes about local edibles for pubs like Los Angeles Times and Frommers.com.
Favorite foods: Dumplings swimming in fiery chile sauce | bao | wafer-thin, tavern-style pizza | cochinita pibil with pickled red onions | noodles of many stripes
Last bite on earth: A steaming bowl of pho, generously doused with Sriracha