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 Website
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 have written two gluten-free cookbooks that will give you even more delicious options for your family, The Gluten-Free Bread Machine Cookbook and The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook.
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 Member, former 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
- Slow Food USA member
- National Writers Union member
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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 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!