Originally from Sacramento, Amy studied English Literature & Composition and Italian Studies before moving to Italy in 2002. Based in Florence, Amy currently works as a freelance translator and English teacher. She enjoys writing about Italian feast day traditions, forgotten foodways and food folklore, and food-related trends and issues in Italian society. Amy researches recipes and local food culture wherever she travels, from Tuscany, Provence and Cornwall to her native Northern California, always eager to meet and talk with cooks, restaurateurs, farmers and producers. Follow along on her Facebook page The Bittersweet Gourmet.