About the Author

Marilyn Pocius has been writing, cooking, and eating
weird things all her life. Growing up on the Southwest
Side, Pocius learned that Chicago is a collection of ethnic
neighborhoods (hers was Lithuanian). Her earliest
culinary memories are Lithuanian black bread, which
she still loves, and pickled herring, which she still hates.
At the University of Wisconsin she studied French,
Chinese, and Russian, and graduated with a B.A. in
Linguistics. She is also a chef-graduate of the Cooking
and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. Her career as an
advertising agency creative director gave her an
opportunity to write television commercials for national
accounts like Kraft, Kellogg’s, and M & M Mars.
Pocius does market tours, food demos and consulting
for a variety of organizations, including Edible Chicago,
her business venture with partner, Julie Gibson Lay.
As a freelance writer, she has contributed to The
Chicago Tribune, Pioneer Press suburban papers,
and others. Pocius currently works as a cookbook
editor for Publications International in Lincolnwood.
She lives with her daughter, Genevieve, her calico cat,
Sophie, and her mutt, Purdie. She is an amateur herbalist
and organic gardener and likes to grow unusual vegetables
and exotic herbs. She is also active in the local food scene
and a member of IACP (International Association of
Culinary Professionals), Culinary Historians of Chicago,
and Slow Food USA.