About The Gourmand & the Peasant

Emily Peterson, Creator

Award-winning food writer, culinary teacher, food grower, gardener, tv personality, and winner of “Best in Show” for her peanut butter cookies as a kid, Emily Peterson started The Gourmand & the Peasant as a place for advanced-beginner home cooks to refine their skills, ask their questions and get inspired to be fearless in the kitchen.

Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart Radio, Robb Report, The New York Times, The Village Voice, CBS, NBC, FOX, Vegetarian Times, Leite’s Culinaria, & Heritage Radio Network.

Chef Emily worked hard to combine her love of cooking with a masters degree in teaching (having been a NYC Teaching Fellow and a middle school math teacher) and an undergrad degree in design from SUNY Purchase. As a gift to herself, for her 29th birthday, Emily walked away from educational administration to pursue her true passion and return to her roots in the kitchen. She enrolled in culinary school and has never, ever looked back.

Emily grew up on the south fork of Long Island, and was raised on a family farm, surrounded by wine country, the ocean and fine dining restaurants, along with cats, dogs, chickens, rabbits and honeybees. When other kids were eating Lunchables, she was eating leftover grilled tuna salad. That took a long time to be okay with. In 2008, Chef Emily started this blog as a lifeline to the thing that she really wanted to be doing.

Now, this website is an online resource for recipes, tutorials and inspiration for you to go fearlessly into your kitchen and prepare both simple and complex dishes, from meatloaf to maitake mushrooms.

The Gourmand & the Peasant is home to recipes, tutorial videos, and thoughts on food, cooking, sustainability and travel. Emily attended the Institute of Culinary Education in New York and is thrilled to bring a fearless approach to cooking, eating and drinking to you. While her heart lies in sustainability and the local food movement, Emily also recognizes the value of a good imported bottle of olive oil and is always seeking new inspirations from around the globe, from France to Italy, Asia to Cajun Country.

Chef Emily Peterson lives on an historic farm in northern New Jersey with her husband, son, 11-year-old cat named Baby Kitten, a flock of teenaged chickens, and a dog named Rooster.

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Kimberly Koharki, Contributing Wine Writer

After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America, Kimberly moved to
New York City, where she worked in celebrated restaurants such as Cafe Gray
and Alto. She continued her education with The American Sommelier
Association and has also worked as a Wine Consultant for Astor Wines &
Spirits. She recently completed the Advanced Certificate course in wine
offered by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and did so with Distinction.

Kimberly is currently the Director of Programming and a regular wine
educator at Astor Center.  She also hosts wine and food related tastings and
events around New York City.