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About The Little Epicurean blog

On this website, I share from-scratch recipes (with a heavy focus on desserts and cocktails) and the occasional travel guide post.

I have a crazy love for recipe development and I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. Ultimately, 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! 

About Maryanne:

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 and 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 calling anywhere else home. I currently live in Los Angeles with my husband Alex, our son, and our two pups, Charlie and Taylor.

How did you learn to cook and bake?

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 (2010) in Napa Valley and the French Pastry School (2011) in Chicago.

Tell me about your love of food

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 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, dumplings, and rice. A typical Friday night means honey whiskey lemonade and homemade popcorn.

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.

Stay connected

I love hearing from readers. Feel free to email or leave a comment on a post if you have any questions. You can also follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. I post on Instagram whenever I have new recipes and I update my Facebook page frequently.

Maryanne Cabrera The Little Epicurean

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m doing a round-up post and I want to use your photograph. Is that okay?

I’m honored and yes, you may! You may use ONE photo from the post as long as you link back to the original source. Please provide clear attribution to my site.

Can I re-post your photos?

I spend a great deal of time preparing and photographing the food on my site. If you like to use ONE photo, you may as long as you credit me and a provide a link back to the original source.

*If you would like to use more than one photo, please email me.

Can I re-post your recipe?

I work hard to create and develop the recipes on my site. I ask that you please rephrase the recipe directions in your own words if you plan to use it on your blog.

What is your comment policy?

I appreciate respectful and friendly comments. Constructive criticism is also welcome. However, because I want The Little Epicurean to be a positive and uplifting environment, I reserve the right to remove rude, offensive, or inappropriate comments.

What type of camera do you use?

As of November 2013, all my photos have been shot using a Canon 5D Mark III.  I use two lenses.  I alternate between a Canon EF 24-105mm f./4 and a 50mm f/1.4.  Prior to that, photos were shot using a Canon Rebel T1i.

Can you review this product, host a giveaway, or blog about this event?

Maybe. I only review products and events that are relevant to The Little Epicurean. Please email me to discuss the details.

What kind of dog is Charlie? How about Taylor?

I have no idea about Charlie. We adopted him from Cuddly Canines, an amazing rescue organization in Orange County. From Charlie’s mannerisms and characteristics, I would assume that he is a Dachshund-Chihuahua mix.

We adopted Taylor from a family friend that took in an abandoned pregnant dog. He’s 50% pug and the rest is a mystery.

Interest In Working Together?

I'm available for...
  • Sponsored Posts
  • Food Styling & Photography
  • Recipe Development
  • Content Creation
  • Social Media Campaigns
  • Brand Ambassadorships


Please contact me via email to discuss any potential projects.
Email: [email protected]

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