Aleksandra Crapanzano received the 2009 M.F.K. Fisher Award for Distinguished Writing from the James Beard Foundation. Raised in Paris and New York City, she graduated from Harvard University and earned an MFA in film from New York University. In addition to writing essays on food, she’s written screenplays for most of the major film studios. Crapanzano lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the novelist John Burnham Schwartz, and their son.