I’m Karen! I’m so glad you’re here.

I’m Karen Tedesco, a professionally trained chef, cookbook author and photographer. I am the former food editor at the Village Voice in New York City.

I have to confess right off that bat that I’m pretty much always craving some particular thing to eat or cook. That must explain why I love what I do! My appetite is sparked by the sensuality of food – all the colors, textures and smells.

I was professionally trained in restaurant kitchens. I’ve worked for many years as a personal chef, planning dinner menus and shopping for all the fresh ingredients needed for a day of cooking in one of my client’s kitchens.

What you’ll find on Familystyle Food:

  • Recipes that spark your appetite, along with tools and ideas to cook, eat and live well.
  • Lots of seasonal produce and what I call “real” food in my recipes, which I like to keep laidback and unfussy.
  • Tested recipes that are geared toward healthful meals made from scratch, with minimally processed ingredients. Many are vegan and/or vegetarian so there’s something for everyone.
  • They range from quick and easy (ready in less than an hour) one-dish mains and salads to simple desserts and dishes to make for entertaining and relaxed weekend cooking.
  • Find my Web Stories here.

About Familystyle Food:

Familystyle Food is inspired by the tables of my childhood in Rhode Island, in an old-school Italian-American family where long Sunday dinners were a ritual. Those hours spent around the table were a gift from my grandparents.

It was the best way they knew to keep family bound together and nourished, as generations multiplied, kids grew up and babies were born.

Maybe for that reason, I adore the simplicity of rustic food. I have a depth of knowledge about Mediterranean cooking for sure. But I’m drawn to any food culture where dishes are shared communally, with big platters that get passed around the table.