Lael Hazan, married into Italian cooking royalty when she wed cookbook author Giuliano Hazan, the only child of the doyenne of Italian cooking Marcella Hazan and wine critic Victor Hazan, but she has always interested in food and history. Lael holds a BA with highest honors in Western European History from UC Santa Cruz with a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She has two graduate degrees from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. For the past ten years she and her husband have led courses at Cooking with Giuliano Hazan at Villa Giona, their Italian cooking school near Verona, Italy. She currently lectures on Italian food history, is a contributing online editor for Saveur.com, and writes for Sarasota Magazine, Edible Sarasota, Giulianohazan.com, and Creative Loafing. She also hosts a radio show, Focus on Fabulous Food on WSLR, 96.5 FM. Lael and Giuliano were recently honored in the Huffington Post as two of the 16 Chef powerhouses on twitter where she writes as @educatedpalate. Lael’s favorite topics are: Italian food, travel, raising her children, and life within a famous family. She is available as a freelance writer.