Hello there! I’m Maryanne and I am The Little Epicurean.
I started The Little Epicurean in 2011 to satisfy my curious sweet tooth. This blog is a one woman show. I do all the writing, recipe development, and photography here.
What does The Little Epicurean mean?
Let’s break down my moniker. “Little” because I’m just a slightly over 5 feet tall. An “epicurean” is one devoted to the pursuit and enjoyment of good food and comfort. Put them together and that’s my name!
About the blog
This is a recipe site focused on baking, desserts, and drinks. In a nutshell, I like to create treats that make life sweet!
As a classically trained pastry chef, I share from-scratch recipes using real ingredients. Blog posts will often provide insights to the science of baking, ingredient intel, and cooking techniques.
I hope to share with you the joys of baking and home cooking through approachable, reliable recipes. Each recipe shared on this blog has been tested at least three times for accuracy and success.
With the growing popularity of global flavors and the accessibility of once exotic ingredients, I will share with you my knowledge of Asian cuisine. Drawing from my Filipino heritage, I periodically create recipes that highlight tropical flavors.
How did you learn to cook and bake?
After graduating from UCLA, I took a massive detour and decided against attending law school in the fall. Instead, I enrolled in culinary school
Since then, I’ve worked in a variety of restaurants, commercial kitchens, bakeries, and wedding cake shops. The Little Epicurean became my full time job circa 2015.
Even before my professional training, I spent a great deal of time in the kitchen.
Growing up, I was in charge of cooking rice every night. During college, I probably spent more time baking cookies than studying for final exams.
I recently started a second website dedicated to Filipino food. It’s called Love, Filipino Food.
Tell me about your love of food
My friends and family call 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 decadent chocolate cake.
The same goes for apologies. Sorry is only genuine with a dozen donuts.
My idea of a perfect meal includes lots of noodles and rice, followed by a multi-course dessert finale.
While I am lactose-intolerant, I love cheese and I am more than willing to endure any pain and bloating for a double scoop of vanilla ice cream in a chocolate dipped waffle cone.
Get in touch
I love hearing from readers. Feel free to email or leave a comment on a post if you have any questions.