Dana Velden grew up in the lush green suburbs of Wisconsin. Her earliest food memory is helping her grandfather slaughter and roast a delicious chicken for dinner. She was age 5. A man seriously ahead of his time, he also taught her to grow and eat kohlrabi and to make sourdough bread. She now lives in Oakland amongst apple, pear, lime, plum, apricot, persimmon and fig trees where she is working on her first book, a collection of essays about life in the kitchen, due out from Rodale in Fall, 2015. She has written for The Kitchn since 2008 and is a contributor to The Kitchn Cookbook, October 2014. Follow Dana on Instagram.