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Staff and Contributor Bios


Sarah Wood

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 1.22.40 PM 1Edible Monterey Bay Editor and publisher SARAH WOOD has had a life-long passion for food, cooking, people and our planet.

She planted her first organic garden and cared for her first chicken when she was in elementary school in a farming region of Upstate New York.

Wood spent the early part of her career based in Ottawa, Canada, working in international development and international education. After considering culinary school, she opted to pursue her loves for writing, learning about the world and helping make it a better place by obtaining a fellowship and an MA in Journalism from New York University.

While working for a daily newspaper in New Jersey, she wrote stories that helped farmers fend off development and won a state-wide public service award from the New Jersey Press Association for an investigative series of articles about a slumlord who had hoodwinked ratings agencies and investment banks into propping him up with some early commercial mortgage securitizations. The series led Wood to spend several years in financial journalism, most recently, as editor-in-chief of the leading magazine covering the U.S. hedge-fund industry.

Wood could not be happier to now be writing and editing articles about the Monterey Bay foodshed and the amazing people who help make it so vibrant and diverse. And, after spending much of her adult life gardening on fire escapes, she’s very glad to be planting in the ground again.

Wood lives with her husband, Rob Fisher, a fourth-generation Californian, and young daughter in Carmel Valley. Their favorite meal is a picnic dinner at Pt. Lobos State Reserve. 

Amber Turpin 


 Amber Turpin is a food writer and baker who homesteads in Ben Lomond.


Angela Aurelio 


Angela Aurelio is a San Francisco Bay area photographer who creates mouthwatering and visually stunning images one shutter click at a time. With an understanding for client needs and a passion for the visual arts, Angela has an ability to bring stories to life and crate imagery that sells.

Angela lives in Santa Cruz, CA where she enjoys hiking in the redwoods, walking along the coast and discovering new wineries in search of the perfect Pinot Noir.

Her website can be found here: http://www.angelaaurelio.com/

Camilla Mann  

Camilla1-80x80Camilla M. Mann has crammed a lot of different jobs into four decades: florist, waitress, SCUBA divemaster, stock photo agency manager, stroller fitness teacher, writer, editor, and au pair. But, if she had to distill who she is today – tree-hugging, veggie-crunching, jewelry-designing mean mommy who loves to cook but hates to clean. Thankfully her husband, Jake, and boys, Riley and Dylan, clean like a champs. Her current culinary goal: grow conscientious, creative kids with fearless palates! She blogs at culinary-adventures-with-cam.blogspot.com

Deborah Luhrman 

Debby BioPhotoDeborah Luhrman is a lifelong journalist who has reported from around the world. She returned home to the Santa Cruz Mountains a few years back and enjoys covering our growing local foods movement. She also edits EMB’s electronic newsletter.


Elizabeth Hodges
_DSC7653Elizabeth Hodges is a freelance writer and owner of the Verdant California, based in South Santa Cruz County. During her free time, she enjoys keeping chickens, gardening and connecting with the local food community as communications chair for Slow Food Santa Cruz.
Elizabeth Limbach 

limbach-80x80Elizabeth Limbach is an award-winning journalist living in Santa Cruz, California. In this fruitful region and beyond, she finds the intersections of food, ag, health and the environment to be the most intriguing realms to write about. A bookworm and vegan foodie, the San Diego native has lived in Santa Cruz for a decade, relishing its redwood forests, fresh produce, delicious wines, and sparkling sea.

Jamie Collins 

Jamie CollinsJamie Collins is the owner of Serendipity Farms and has been growing organic row crops at the mouth of Carmel Valley since 2001. She distributes her produce through a CSA, u-picks and farmers’ markets.

Jillian Laurel Steinberger
Jillian Laurel Steinberger
Jillian Laurel Steinberger designs softscape landscapes with natural and upcycled materials. She loves combining edible plants with California natives to boost pollination and create sublime and wondrous beauty. She works for Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping, in business in Santa Cruz for 25 years, and has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Bay Area News Group papers, BUST, Bitch, Edible East Bay, and other publications. Feel free to contact her at jillian at 
John Cox 

John CoxJohn Cox is the executive chef at the highly acclaimed Sierra Mar restaurant at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, Calif. Insprired by his upbringing in northern New Mexico, Chef Cox believes in blending bold, primal flavors along with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and his passion can be experienced each night at Sierra Mar.

Chef Cox’s start at Sierra Mar in July marks a return to Big Sur, where he began his professional career in 2005, rising to the position of chef de cuisine after having trained at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vt. His success in Big Sur landed him in Hawaii where he spent time immersing himself in island cuisine. From there, Chef Cox had a stint in New Mexico before serving as the corporate chef for Noble House Hotels, where he was responsible for revitalizing the menu concepts for its group of restaurants.

Previously Chef Cox served as executive chef at the celebrated Carmel, Calif. restaurants, Casanova and La Bicyclette, where he initiated dynamic, daily changing menus focused around locally-sourced ingredients. The new concept and menus were wildly successful and soon earned recognition as some of the finest in Carmel by publications ranging from the San Francisco Chronicle to Food and Wine magazine.

Chef Cox’s writing and photography have been prominently featured in the Edible Nations Magazines, a James Beard Award winning publication. He also serves as a board member for the New England Culinary Institute.

 Kathryn McKenzie 

Kathryn McKenzieKathryn McKenzie writes about sustainable living, home design and horticulture for numerous publications and websites and, when not at the computer, attempts to grow tomatoes at her home in foggy northern Monterey County.


Kalia Feldman-Klein 


Lisa Crawford Watson
Lisa Crawford WatsonA fifth-generation Northern Californian, Lisa Crawford Watson has enjoyed a diverse career in business, education and writing. She lives with her family on the Monterey Peninsula, where her grandmother once lived and wrote. An adjunct writing instructor for CSU Monterey Bay and Monterey Peninsula College, Lisa is also a free-lance writer, who specializes in the genres of art & architecture, health & lifestyle, food & wine. She has published various books and thousands of feature articles and columns in local and national newspapers and magazines.
 Laura Ness
laura nessLaura Ness, aka “Her VineNess,” spends a lot of time in vineyards, fields, cellars and kitchens, observing the magical process of turning earth’s bounty into heavenly delights. She writes for a variety of publications, including Wine & Travel, VINO, WineOh.Tv, winefoodexplorer.com, M Magazine and several Bay Area newspapers. She blogs at myvinespace.com.

Mike Hale


Pete Rerig 
 Rob Fisher
Sarah WoodRob Fisher is rector of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Carmel Valley and co-publisher and associate editor of this magazine.
 Zoe Gregozek