Welcome to the Heritage Cook Family!
I am Jane Evans Bonacci, a native Californian who fell in love with cooking when I got my first Easy-Bake Oven. It fascinated me that I could mix things in the pan and a few minutes later, having “cooked” under a light bulb, I had a cake. It was magic to me then and I still feel the same way every time I pull something out of the oven.
I am a cookbook author, recipe developer, food and travel writer, recipe editor and tester, and a passionate baker and cook who loves teaching others. At The Heritage Cook I share my cooking passions, memories, and years of experience in the kitchen, helping others become as ardent about cooking and baking as I am. I learned from my grandmother and mother, watching every move they made, asking questions about why they used each ingredient. My hope is that our culinary traditions will continue to be passed from one generation to the next.
About The Heritage Cook
The Heritage Cook is a blend of old favorites and new creations, the food I serve my family and friends. Every recipe is tested before being shared with you and I include information and tips to help guarantee your success. Every recipe from the summer of 2012 forward, following my diagnosis with gluten-intolerance, includes gluten-free options along with regular ingredients so whether you are gluten-free or not, you can enjoy my recipes. The photographs are of the gluten-free versions that I make for The Artist and myself. If I can do it so can you!
Click on the Gluten-Free tab at the top of page for additional information on how to cook gluten-free including ingredient substitutions and recipes for alternative gluten-free flour blends. I am currently writing a gluten-free cookbook that will give you even more delicious options for your family.
If you are interested in working with me, please see the Press page.
- Char-Broil All-Star and recipe developer/contributor
- Gourmet Garden recipe developer/ambassador
- Food Network recipe developer/contributor
- IACP Digital Media Awards Chair and Cookbook Awards Judge
- San Francisco Professional Food Society, Board of Directors
- Kansas City Barbecue Society Certified Judge
- Baker’s Dozen, San Francisco member
- International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association member
- Slow Food USA member
- National Writers Union member
When I decided to start blogging, I chose WordPress as the platform for my website. It is extremely easy to use and offers thousands of themes you can choose from. It is by far the most expansive platform currently available. You can create any look and feel you like. If you are new to blogging and looking for a free theme, I have found the “Atahulpa” theme to be very flexible and easy to work with. It is well designed and you can customize most of it without knowing any programming languages. The only drawback is that it currently isn’t designed to be mobile-friendly.
When I started I used the free version of WordPress.com and then upgraded to a “self-hosted” site. The primary reason I upgraded was to provide you with additional functionality and to have more control over the formatting of the site. I use Bluehost to host my site. I am very pleased with the fast, personable, and high quality support they provide.
After 5 years of blogging and in anticipation of the publication of my cookbook, I hired Peppercorn Creative to redesign my blog and move me onto a responsive, mobile-friendly theme. Having a professional giving you advice and bringing their expertise to the project, not to mention doing the work for you, is pure heaven!
Photos and Photography Equipment
In the beginning, time constraints and lack of a decent camera precluded me from always being able to photograph my own creations. When I can’t shoot my own, I find and purchase the rights to photos that match as closely as possible to the way I make each dish. I have written a post on my Top 5 Food Photography Tips to help you improve your own photos. I hope you enjoy it!
I did a lot of research before buying my photographic equipment and got good advice from other food bloggers. I have been very happy with the quality of each item and if you choose to purchase them, I hope you are just as pleased:
A great entry-level camera that is simple to use and not too intimidating to first time photographers. Learn how to use the AV setting and you’ll be taking beautiful photos in no time.
Next Level Camera
When it was time for me to upgrade to a more professional camera I chose the 70D. I wanted more functionality for the best price and this camera really delivers. If you already have lenses from an earlier purchase, just buy the body only and save more money.
Canon EOS 70D, 20.2 MP Digital SLR; APS-C CMOS sensor & DIGIC 5+
ISO 100-12800 (expandable up to 25600)
Touch panel LCD screen; video capability; built-in WiFi
Lights / Props
Black and white foam core boards
Melamine-coated Masonite boards
Remote Release cord (helps reduce camera “shake”)
I LOVE to hear from you! Writing a blog is a little like living in a vacuum. We never know if we are giving you what you want unless you tell us. So please let me know what you like, what you don’t, and what you want to see more of. If you see any mistakes, typos or incomplete instructions, please let me know so I can make the corrections. You can enter comments at the bottom of any post. I will answer as soon as possible!
Endorsements / Recommendations
These are my personal recommendations and do not reflect the opinions of any other organization or individual. I only endorse products that I use and love. Many of the companies I recommend support the causes I am passionate about: local, organic, seasonable, and sustainable food; protection of heirloom foods; support of local vendors; ecology and green-technologies; re-purposing, and recycling.
Affiliate Links and Advertising
You will see a few ads on the site and there may be links to products, books, and ingredients within my posts. In some cases, if you purchase something, I will receive a small stipend as an Associate Member. These help offset a small portion of the costs of operating this website.
Most of all Thank You!
Thank you for coming along with me on this journey. I hope your house will be filled with the aromas of baking, braising, and roasting, your stove will have pots simmering and skillets ready to sauté, and your grill will be full of sizzling foods. I’m certain you will fall in love with cooking and baking the same way I did when I stood cooking alongside my mother and grandmother!
The Heritage Cook is not affiliated in any way with The Heritage Cookbook by Marlin E. Foose.
If you have any questions, requests, feedback, or comments, I would love to hear from you! You can post comments on any of the recipe pages (scroll down to the bottom of the page) send a comment to me via the form on this page, or you can find me at the following addresses:
Contact Me: Email me at The Heritage Cook or fill out the form below. Thank you!