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Based in the Bay Area, Jeanne Brophy is a freelance writer focused on the culture and history of food. When not writing she has a career with one of the top ten travel agencies as a marketing professional. Areas of specialty range from San Francisco, regional foods, food marketing, cookbook reviewing to the history and cultural foodways around the world. She has also contributed to cookbooks as a recipe tester, written professionally for organizations such as Napa Valley Vitners Association and Pasqua Coffee. In additon Jeanne is an exhibiting photographic artist. Most recently she won the Gourmet Magazine Cook the Cover competition. World on a Plate, a writing portfolio, has been maintained since July 2004.