The Heritage Cook

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The Heritage Cook with two of my nephews, Corey & Chris!

Who is The Heritage Cook?

I am Jane Evans Bonacci, a native Californian, avid cook, baker, and passionate foodie. I fell in love with cooking when I got my first Easy Bake Oven. It was fascinating that I could put something 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 food and travel writer, recipe developer, editor and tester, event manager, passionate baker and cook. I was lucky to have the opportunity to stand next to my grandmother and mother at the stove, watching every move, absorbing the details of how a dish is constructed. I learned how to set a proper table and the intricate art of timing a meal so that everything is done at the same time. At The Heritage Cook I share my passions, memories, and years of experience in the kitchen enticing people to get back in the kitchen and helping them become as ardent about cooking and baking as I am. Recent generations are no longer being taught how to cook and have become dependent on fast food restaurants and frozen prepared foods. This is not only unhealthy, but we are losing touch with the pleasures of freshly prepared foods and home-cooked family meals. With luck, our culinary traditions will continue to be passed from one generation to the next.

UPDATE: In the summer of 2012 I was diagnosed as gluten-intolerant so while the focus of my blog will remain the same, the content will reflect my new cooking style. Wherever possible I will include gluten-free modifications to convert traditional recipes and more naturally gluten-free recipes will appear in the future. Click on the Gluten-Free tab at the top of page for additional information on ingredient substitutions and recipes for alternative gluten-free flour blends. My photographs are of the gluten-free versions that I make for The Artist and myself. I am grateful for my years of experience in the kitchen as I navigate this new culinary challenge!


About the Blog

The Heritage Cook was created to share recipes, stories, and the skills taught me by my grandmother and mother. I share my passion for fresh ingredients, my love of cooking and baking, and the lessons I learn every day living and cooking gluten-free. Each week starts with Chocolate Mondays to bring a smile to your face. I love to experiment with new ingredients, techniques, and equipment. I believe in supporting local vendors, sustainable and organic farming, and being kind to one another. I hope you will have fun sharing in my kitchen adventures.



  • Char-Broil All-Star and recipe developer/contributor
  • Food Network recipe developer/contributor
  • San Francisco Professional Food Society Board, Membership Chair
  • Chairperson for the IACP Digital Media Awards
  • Baker’s Dozen, San Francisco member
  • International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association member


Technical Aspects

I designed this website on WordPress. It is extremely easy to use and offers thousands of themes you can choose from. You can create any look and feel you like. I have found the “Atahulpa” theme to be very flexible and easy to work with. It is very well designed and you can customize most of it without knowing any programming languages.

Start out as I did with the free version of and then if you want, you can upgrade 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.


Photos and Photography Equipment

Time constraints preclude me from always being able to photograph my own creations. When I can’t shoot my own, I find photos that match as closely as possible to the way I make each dish. In addition to my own photography, the images on The Heritage Cook come from royalty-free photo sites, the public domain, or are stock images I pay for the rights to use. 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:



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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 posting. 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.


Bon Appetit!