Toni Piccinini was born in a tiny coal-mining town in western Pennsylvania on an unseasonably warm November evening. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in biology. At the University of California San Francisco, she researched the efficacies of antibiotics, which led to publications most notably in The Journal of Clinical Pathology and The Journal of Microbiology. Toni opened a San Francisco Top 100" restaurant and has won several recipe contests, one of which awarded one hundred pounds of pasta to the San Francisco Food Bank in her name. She has written essays, cookbook reviews, and recipes for national and local media, including Roadwork, SheWrites, and The Marin Independent Journal. Her essay House Affair" was a Narrative Magazine Story of the Week." She lives in Marin County, California.