Clare Schapiro was brought up in Richmond, and attended St. Catherine’s School; Bedales School, a boarding school in the English countryside, and the University of Virginia. A Richmond Times Dispatch cooking columnist, Schapiro writes about home cooking triumphs and disasters, and the role of food and cooking in family life. An intrepid, self-taught cook, Schapiro lives in Richmond with her husband, Jeff E. Schapiro, Politics columnist for the Richmond Times Dispatch. They are the parents of an adult son. Schapiro writes and blogs at Clareskitchen.net from her home and garden, overlooking the James River. She is the author of the new book, Stories and recipes from Clare's Kitchen.