Keri Johnson

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Washington State
Western Washington University
Eastern Washington University
Food History & Culture, Cheese Making, Pizza
  • Keri lived in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico for 20 years, where she immersed herself in Mexican culture and cuisine. Living in Mexico taught her the art of the perfect taco, the right way to cut a mango, and that limes are the cure for everything.
  • Fascinated by fermentation, Keri makes her own pickles, sauerkraut, and giardiniera.
  • Pizza is Keri’s love language, and she owned a pizzeria in Mexico for several years. Now she uses her pizzaiola skills at home to make thin-crust pizzas for her favorite people.


Keri speaks Spanish and Italian. For several years she lived in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, where she pestered her nonna with cooking questions while learning everything from cheese- and pasta-making to growing the perfect tomato. Keri is a trained ESL teacher and started writing as a ghostwriter helping non-native English speakers tell their stories. She has worked with language learners from all over the world, and everyone's favorite topic is food. From her international students, she learned the beauty of the Chinese hot pot, the secret to good German sauerkraut, and how to make the perfect Vietnamese banh mi.


Keri has a B.A. in History with an emphasis on Latin American Studies from Western Washington University and a TESOL certificate from Eastern Washington University. As a lifelong learner, she regularly participates in culinary classes and writing workshops.
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