Most of Sheryl Kirby’s life has revolved around food. As a child, she learned to cook on her grandmother’s big black stove. The local foods of Nova Scotia – from wild blueberries to fresh mackerel – gave her an appreciation for seasonal ingredients, and a move to Toronto when she was eighteen allowed her to experience whole other worlds of food and flavours.
Kitchen Party – Food Stories From Nova Scotia and Beyond is a collection of stories and essays that trace Kirby’s food adventures and education, from a kid in suburban Halifax, to a cooking school student, caterer and food writer in Toronto. Donairs, dosa, Mexican mole, lobster rolls, cupcakes and foie gras are all employed as a means to explore life, love and social interaction.
Sheryl Kirby is a food editor, writer and publisher. Along with her husband Greg Clow, she ran the popular food and drink website TasteTO. She has also written for NOW, Edible Toronto, TAPS, and Toronto Star/Toronto.com. She was an editor and principal writer for the now-defunct Well Fed Network.
Her food and dining experience includes working in a hospital kitchen, running a catering and event planning company that specialized in concerts and music festivals, and being a snotty barista 25 years before it became cool.
Sheryl lives in Toronto with her husband Greg, her lazy brown dog Petula, and a possibly possessed cat named Mollie.