Lesley Porcelli has been writing and thinking about lots of things, but mostly food, for more than ten years. She was a staff writer at Martha Stewart Living as well as an editor at Gourmet (where she authored the online column The Kids' Menu), and has a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education. Her work has appeared in cookbooks, as well as Budget Living, Budget Travel, Edible Finger Lakes, Fine Cooking, Gourmet, House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Baby, Martha Stewart Kids, Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings, Nick Jr., Prevention, Restaurants and Institutions, Saveur, SELF, weightwatchers.com, Whole Living, and Wondertime. She lives in Central New York with her husband and two little kids, plus a staggering assortment of plastic sea creatures.

Always a champion for the home cook, she launched her blog ugly but good in 2012, a celebration of how, unlike restaurant food, a meal you make yourself (and the process of getting there) isn't always pretty, but it's usually pretty darn good.