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Maria Desiderata Montana

I am the Owner and publisher of San Diego Food Finds (www.sandiegofoodfinds.com), a multiple award-winning website/blog in San Diego with a very large following. It is the city’s best source for finding information on the best restaurants, markets and local culinary offerings.
Nationally Published Author, Editor, Chef, Photographer, and Publisher of sandiegofoodfinds.com
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Lick the Plate on KPRi. San Diego, CA
Radio Guest Appearance
KPBS Midday Edition. San Diego, CA
Radio Guest Appearance
San Diego Living TV. San Diego, CA
TV Guest Appearances with Cooking Demonstration
Fox 5 TV. San Diego, CA
TV Guest Appearance
U-T TV. San Diego, CA
TV Guest Appearances with Cooking Demonstrations
Wine and Dine San Diego. San Diego, CA
Founding Food Editor
San Diego Uptown News. San Diego, CA
Founding Food Editor
SDNN (San Diego News Network). San Diego, CA
Food Columnist
Edible San Diego. San Diego, CA
Freelance Writer
DiningOut San Diego. San Diego, CA
Freelance Food Writer
Ranch and Coast Magazine. Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Food and Wine Editor
FINE Magazine. Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Food and Wine Editor
U-T San Diego. San Diego, CA
Freelance Food Writer and Columnist
University of Washington. Seattle, Washington
Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Public Relations
San Diego Food Finds (Website). Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Owner/Publisher
SKILLS & EXPERTISE
Baking
Competition judging
Culinary writing
Food photography
Food industry consulting
Food styling
Ingredient sourcing
Homemade pasta
TV/radio guest appearances
Recipe development
Italian cooking
cooking
Maria Desiderata Montana
Maria Desiderata Montana
San Diego, CA
United States

San Diego Food Finds
Maria Desiderata Montana is a Nationally Published Author, Editor and Photographer, and Owner/Publisher of sandiegofoodfinds.com


At sandiegofoodfinds.com you will find the most current and updated information from my culinary adventures paired with a large variety of full-color professional photos of my favorite dishes. I am well-known for assisting celebrity and high profile chefs with their cookbook projects and for uncovering the best recipes from their kitchens. I discover great ‘food finds’ from the best restaurants in town, specialty stores, coffee shops, artisan bakeries, farmers’ markets, wine and cheese shops, beer shops, ethnic markets and more. You will also find authentic recipes from my Italian Kitchen.

I was discovered and commissioned by Globe Pequot Press to write the ‘Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego’ (2013 San Diego Book Awards Finalist, Globe Pequot Press). Once again, I was asked by Globe Pequot Press to write the ‘San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From America’s Finest City’ (2014 San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Lifestyle Book Cooking & Home, Lyons Press).

I was commissioned by History Press to write my newest book: San Diego Italian Food: A Culinary History of Little Italy and Beyond (released October, 2014). I assist celebrity and high profile chefs with cookbook proposals and projects. I am the author of the ‘The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Cookbook’ and I was a contributing editor to the award-winning cookbook ‘Flying Pans’, featuring recipes and stories from Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef Ron Oliver of The Marine Room in La Jolla. I teamed up with three-time James Beard Nominated Chef Carl Schroeder to write and photograph his new book: Market Restaurant + Bar Cookbook: Seasonally Inspired Cusine from Southern Calfornia’s Carl Schroeder. This book will be released in May 2014 by LyonsPress.