MEET ELIZABETH

Hello, and welcome! I’m a food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. I got my start as a pastry chef in Los Angeles, working in many of the city’s top bakeries and cafes. Now I work as a culinary consultant and do a bit of everything: develop recipes for companies using their ingredients, style and shoot food photographs, write cookbooks, articles, newsletters and blog posts, maintain my dessert blog, SugarHero, shoot and edit videos, and the list goes on! I’ve got my fingers in a lot of pies…but only metaphorically speaking.

When I’m not in the kitchen, I can usually be found chasing after my son, hanging out with my husband, hiking in the mountains, or hunting down the best local desserts. All in the name of research, of course!

If you’re hungry for more, please click around and read about my writing, drool over my photographs, and learn more about me and my work. I’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch!

ABOUT MY WORK

  • Food Writing

  • Food Photography

  • Books

  • Video Courses

  • Press

  • I have over a decade of food writing and recipe development experience. I'm a culinary school graduate with years of experience working in professional kitchens, so I have a strong foundation of culinary knowledge, and I specialize in both sweet and savory recipe development. Some of my writing experience includes:

    • Writing a cookbook
    • Founding the award-winning dessert blog, SugarHero
    • Developing recipes for top national and international brands
    • Founding and writing all content for About.com's Candy site
    • Writing clear, concise recipes and engaging headnotes
    • Crafting informative, instructional blog posts
    • Writing first-person articles

    …and much more! Please see my Food Writing page for more information.

  • I'm a self-taught photographer who is passionate about crafting photographs that tell a story, make you hungry, and inspire you to run to the kitchen! My photographs have been featured in national magazines, newspapers, and all across the web. Please see my Food Photography page for examples of my work.

    In addition to food photography, I also make instructional recipe videos for sharing on social media--please click here to watch some examples.

  • My first book, The Sweet Book of Candy Making, was published in 2012 and has since spawned a mini book (called The Sweet Little Book of Candy Making, natch) and has been translated into five different languages.

    The Sweet Book of Candy Making is a great introduction to the world of at-home candy. It covers fundamental techniques for working with chocolate and sugar, provides step-by-step photos for making many different types of candy, and has over 75 delicious and unique candy recipes!

    Please see my Books page for more information and sample pages, or view the book on Amazon.

  • I have partnered with Craftsy to produce a 7-part video course called Homemade Chocolate Candies: Fudge, Bars, and More. In this in-depth class, I demonstrate how to make SEVEN different types of candies. I teach all the fundamentals, including tempering chocolate, making ganache, making caramels, crafting unique candy bars, and so much more!

    Please see the Video Courses page to view the trailer, see sample candies, and learn much more about the course. You can also check it out directly on Craftsy here.

  • I've been fortunate to be featured in many national publications, including newspapers like The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Chicago Tribune, magazines like Food and Wine and Better Homes & Gardens, and websites like The Huffington Post, The Kitchn, and Buzzfeed Food.

    I've also made a number of media appearances, including being a guest judge on Supermarket Superstar, doing cooking demonstrations on KUTV, being interviewed on Fox News Radio and National Public Radio, and being featured on streaming shows like HuffingtonPost Live.

    For more information and links, please see my Press page.

RECENT CLIENT WORK

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  • Candied Citrus Peel

    ABOUT.COM CANDY

  • Marbled Easter Egg Truffles

    BETTER HOMES & GARDENS

  • OH NUTS!

  • Fruit and Nut Brie Toasts

    VELATA

WHAT'S COOKING ON SUGARHERO.COM

THE LATEST FROM MY DESSERT BLOG

Miscellaneous Desserts

Brown Butter Skillet Peach Crisp

This Brown Butter Skillet Peach Crisp is packed with juicy peaches, and topped with a crunchy brown butter pecan crumble. It’s the perfect comfort food! I know it’s now fall, and I am SO excited to dive into autumn desserts with you! But first, peaches. ...Read more
Cupcakes

Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Cupcakes

These delicious Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Cupcakes have a moist chocolate cake, sweet-and-salty pretzel frosting, and a gooey scoop of salted caramel in the center! I don’t know why I don’t have more cupcake recipes on this site—I love eating cupcakes! I think the problem is that ...Read more
Bundt Cakes

Mai Tai Bundt Cakes

Mai Tai Bundt Cakes are a new twist on classic rum cakes! These moist mini rum cakes are spiked with almond and fresh lime flavors, for a tropical twist that’s impossible to resist. I know it’s September now, and according to my Instagram feed, the ...Read more

TESTIMONIALS

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT ELIZABETH'S WORK

Wow, Must Have for the At-Home Candy Maker!

This a super book! It is everything I ever wanted in a candy making book. This is my first book on candy-making and it is very comprehensive book in terms of recipes, techniques and trouble shooting. There are photos of every step in the process and the kindle-edition is perfect in terms of the placement of the step-by-step images and the written explanation for each recipe.

In this book, you learn everything from fudge to truffles, marshmallows to taffy, and even pulled sugar and sugar curls. Whatever mess-up you’ve had in the past, there is an answer for it in this book. Once you read this, you’ll be able to fix and kitchen oopsy with your sweet confections.

Although this is a cook book and a technique book as well, it is also a great read. There are brief narratives woven throughout the book, and the author’s bright personality and passion for candy really shine through and add beautiful color to a true gem of a book for any candy maker. I was so excited and filled with child-like joy reading such wonderful, nostalgic recipes that I finished the book in one sitting.

If you are at all interested in candy making, don’t think twice on this one. Go for it!

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