Hello and welcome!
My name is Maryanne and I am The Little Epicurean! How did I get my moniker? Standing at barely 5 feet tall (little) and devoted to the pursuit of pleasures, especially to the enjoyment of good food and comfort (epicurean), put them together and that’s my name.
Born and raised in Southern California, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Although, I did try a brief stint in the Bay Area and Chicago. Unfortunately, both places didn’t last very long. I currently live in Los Angeles with my husband, Alex, and our two pups, Charlie and Taylor.
After graduating from UCLA, I took a massive detour and found myself in culinary school. I studied at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley and The French Pastry School in Chicago.
On this website, I share from-scratch recipes (mainly desserts) and the occasional travel guide post. I have a crazy love for recipe development and I love experimenting in the kitchen. My passion lies with butter, sugar, and flour.
Through approachable recipes, I hope to share with you the joys of baking and home cooking. I believe you should always save room for a little something sweet, which is probably why I share so many dessert recipes!
All my life, my friends have called me a “feeder.” I like to feed people, it’s the way I show others I care. I love you means nothing unless you back it up with a chocolate cake. The same for goes for apologies. Sorry is only genuine with a dozen donuts.
My idea of a perfect meal involves lots of noodles, dumplings and rice. Yes, I am all about carb-loading. While I am lactose-intolerant, I am more than willing to endure the pain and bloating for a double scoop of ice cream in a chocolate dipped waffle cone.