Michelle Bottalico

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New Jersey, USA
American University
Dickinson College
Italian Food Culture, Vegan Cooking And Nutrition, Food Photography
  • Michelle combined her love of writing and food to publish a funny and informative blog during her years in Italy that focused on travel in Italy, Italian dishes (especially homestyle cooking), ingredients, cooking methods, food history and culture, and the Italian food immersion experience.
  • She was invited to join a group of ten food photographers, videographers, and bloggers for a week of tasting and documenting the food in the city of Cariati and the surrounding region of Calabria in Italy.
  • She had the pleasure of chatting with best-selling Italian cookbook author Lydia Bastianich at a food event while photographing her for a local newspaper when working as a reporter and photojournalist in New Jersey.


Michelle has over 14 years of experience working in language-related fields. She started her writing career in 2004 as a reporter for Cape May, New Jersey’s weekly newspaper while also working as a photojournalist for a daily newspaper in South Jersey. Since 2011 she has worked as an Italian to English translator, editor, private ESL teacher, and a tutor of both English writing skills and the Italian language. She enjoys combining her love of food writing with food photography projects.


Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in English from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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