I am Jeannie Maristela- Gust, a Cooking Shows couch potato veteran turned baker, (retired) professional cook, food photographer/stylist, food blogger and goofball.
This is a food photography blog as well as a food blog that is all about my rotten enthusiasm and fascination for deliciousness, my sentiments about culinary life, foodie insights and reflections about life where I often use food as metaphors. The dishes I post here are my own kitchen creations (unless otherwise stated). I make, style and photograph my dishes because it is therapy for me and makes me happy.
My Foodie Background
I come from a family of great home cooks. Both my grandmothers used to sell home cooked dishes to their loyal patrons back in their day. I would always observe with an eye of a hawk how my grandmothers and both my parents do mise en place, their cooking techniques and how they would meticulously prepare and cook our meals. They are my first culinary mentors and I owe everything to them my absolute love and fascination for food and cooking.
From when I was 6 years old, I found myself to be more interested watching cooking shows on television. I would instantly trade my daily cartoon shows with Wok With Yan, The Frugal Gourmet, Julia Child and Company, Julia Child & Jacques Pépin Cooking at Home and Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way. You see I am really a cooking shows couch potato veteran and I am very proud of this title. My fondness or you might say, my addiction to cooking shows ever since I was a child has lead me to my sincerest passion in life, and that is becoming a chef, create dishes and meals that I personally enjoy eating and exhibit the awesomeness and beauty of food through the photos I take.
I am currently one of Tumblr’s #FOOD Editors… I am very happy that they gave me this opportunity to promote awesome food posts from foodies all around the world. Very Cool! :)
Featured, Mentioned and Published In
Contributor to Australian Food Publication : Scrag End Journal (Issue #0) - Published November 14, 2013
"As someone who doesn’t cook, recipe blogs are not usually my cup of tea, but Jeannie Maristela’s lavish Asian food Tumblr makes me wish we could become best friends so that maybe one day she’ll come over to cook for me! It also doesn’t hurt that Jeannie is incredibly sweet, which brings me to that other thing about Tumblr – you get attached to the people behind all the tumbling. It sounds creepy, but it’s an emotional investment you end up making just from following someone’s musings on a regular basis." - Amy Cao (Foodspotting NYC, Amy Blogs Chow, Stupidly Simple Snacks)
www.jcocina.com - August 20, 2012 - mentions
www.southerngirlsecrets.com - July 19, 2012 - mentions
www.foodbuzz.com - Today’s Top 9 (June 19, 2012) #7
Mentions - www.iowagirleats.com - June 8, 2012
www.cookeatshare.com - Featured Chef (May 2-5, 2011)
www.foodbuzz.com - Today’s Top 9 (June 20,2011) - #8
www.foodbuzz.com - Today’s Top 9 (June 27,2011) - #9
www.erecipe.com - Featured CHEF OF THE WEEK (August 15-21, 2011)