Benvenuti (welcome) to my blog.
My name is Amelia.
I travel. I cook. I photograph. I entertain. I grow my own produce…And I write all about it.
My work has been featured – among other places – in the Food News Journal, on Edible magazines, in Splendora, and on a local TV channel. I am a contributor to Honest Cooking. A few of my recipe creations have won recipe and photograph contests and I have been nominated for the Babble Top 100. I am speaking at BlogHerFood 11 in Atlanta, on May 20: My panel: “Off the Dish: Writing About Food in Travel, History and Experience”.
(Scroll down on this page for writings, Tv segments, write-ups, features and nominations).
I focus on high quality ingredients, carefully photographed and presented food. I mainly write about Italian stories, travel, food, but not only. The world is my plate. My culinary inspiration comes from many different cuisines (did I mention I am 100% Italian: by birth, lifestyle, spirit and taste? I live in the US. I was born in Switzerland. I have lived in England. I have traveled the world). My cooking is centered on few, fresh, local, and preferably seasonal ingredients. I love making dessert!
I own many many (more than 101) cooking, culinary theory, food history, world cuisine and food reference books, which I happily read at night for inspiration.
I really like basil, lemon zest, espresso, honey, and anything smoked or salt-cured. I do not like oysters, goat cheese, tripe, and Sauerkraut
I started Z Tasty Life in the fall of 2009 from the desire to share my passion for life and food with the world and people just like YOU.I hope you enjoy my food, writing and photos. I appreciate all your thoughtful comments and feedback and if you would like to drop me a line, my contact details are below.
To pay for all my fun passions (and don’t get me wrong: I LOVE my job: it’s taken me even to the Annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos!), I work for a global fortune global 500, helping companies develop strategies, all over the world.
I am also a busy parent of 2 primary school boys (who love cooking with me and eat just about any food). And I am married to an adorable inventor/designer with whom I love dancing, especially to 70s music!
Grazie for stopping by!
Email: ameliaps at gmail dot com
Contact me for:
*Recipe development / Food consulting
*Photography (not only food)
1. Canon EOS 5D Mark II
2. Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi
3. Canon PowerShot SD750
Cameras #1 and #2 are equipped with a variety of lenses, from macro (the one I use the most for food), to zoom, to evevery-day 50mm. And then I also have a few camera accessories, such as tripod, a handy studio-in-a-box and a flash light (but I prefer natural light).
Write-ups, features, nominations:
Z Tasty Lifefeatured in Splendora trend blog
Mentioned in Food News Journal (in “best of the blogs”), a few times
Blog and photography referenced in secret supper club event
Foodbuzz Project Food Blog 2010 contestant (was in the finalist of round 8, among 10 rounds)
Nominated for the Babble Top 100 Mom Food Bloggers 2011
Winner in the aesthetics category for the DMBLGIT photography contest
Speaker at BlogHerFood 11 in Atlanta, on May 20 (panel: “Off the Dish: Writing About Food in Travel, History and Experience”)
© 2009-2011 Amelia Schaffner
Please ask first, before reproducing or distributing any material from this site. Most everything on my site is self-generated. I credit inspirations and expect mine to be too. It takes effort to develop the ideas, create and test dishes and write my posts. Hence, everything on this site is copyrighted under the common copyright law and general courtesy. Thank you for respecting that.