Katherine Martinelli is an internationally published food and travel writer and photographer who contributes regularly to publications on three continents. A native New Yorker, she spent the last three years living in Be’er Sheva, Israel.

Katherine MartinelliI’m a freelance food and travel writer and photographer, recipe developer and cookbook consultant who has loved food for as long as I can remember. I’ve had lots of other jobs – lifeguard, office assistant, teacher, restaurant hostess – but food has always been my passion and I couldn’t imagine a career that would make me happier.

Growing up my father cooked dinner every night from scratch and I’d often stand on the edge of our cramped, New York City kitchen, observing his every step. Now I cook dinner every night from scratch, using fresh ingredients to create quick, healthy, satisfying meals.

More than simply cooking, I love making food for people. I love the way that food connects folks, and it’s the ability to nourish others, both physically and emotionally, that fulfills me.

In addition to writing articles and taking photographs for publications like Fodor’s, The Jewish Daily Forward, and Time Out Israel, I also blog, do content writing, craft press releases, and work on cookbooks. I released my first e-cookbook, Puff Pastry at Brunch, in 2012 and have an app, Tasting Mahane Yehuda, on Jerusalem’s food market.