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My name is Liv and after spending years falling in love with one food blog after another, I decided to finally take the leap and start the Coast Kitchen. My love with food has taken over my entire life from my personal to my professional career. In my free time I am poring over beautiful recipe books and sweating away in my kitchen. I have worked in professional kitchens, on farms, in the food non-profit world and most recently in food marketing. I hope this is a place to share my thoughts, ideas and inspirations with you.

I am passionate about sourcing the best ingredients I can. All of the ingredients on this blog will represent the farms, producers and small businesses that I love and support. I will frequently take the time to encourage the readers of the blog to explore their local food systems. I do not accept any payment or marketing for this work. These words are all my own.

I am a firm believer in Samin Nosrat's ideology that any meal can be made extraordinary with the correct balance of salt, fat and acid. Especially salt. I usually add more salt than any given recipe calls for. 

A little bit about me, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and love calling it home. Before that I lived Oregon, New Jersey, Missouri and Louisiana. It is a little difficult for me to answer "Where I am from" questions since I have moved around so much in my life. My parents cooked a lot growing up and had a big influence on my palate. My dad was more of a French-inspired fancy home cook and my mother, being from New Orleans, fed us some of the best Southern food I have ever had. 

I live with my partner Mike, who works in the beer industry.

This is our six year old rescue mix Malcolm. For the record, he was not thrilled about sitting on this stool.

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