A Culinary Chit Chat with Anna Voloshyna

Welcome to inChefs’ Food Blogging Series, our little hub of online information and insight from bloggers in the culinary world. We have with us today, Anna Voloshyna, originally from the Ukraine, but now a Bay Area resident. Although Anna has a business and economics background, her heart always belonged to cooking. She has a passion to arrange dinners for her family and friends.

Food Blog Journey: Anna Voloshyna of Divine Cooking blog

Q. What is the name and URL of your blog?

A.  Divine Cooking – http://divinecuisine.recipes

Anna Voloshyna

Q. What inspired you to be a food blogger?

A. My mother and grandmother are amazing at cooking. They taught me that delicious food is an integral part of our lives, and through sharing meal with people you can make them a little happier. I have a favorite motto: “Love people, cook them tasty food.” That inspires me to cook and create something different every day.

*Q. *Who is your culinary icon, and why?

A. It’s definitely Jamie Oliver. When I was still dating my husband, he gave me a wonderful present – a huge cook book – Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook. I saw all those amazing recipes with mouthwatering pictures and said to myself:” I want to learn to cook like him.” Jamie still inspires me with his endless creativity and passion for good food.

Q. *What is your favorite part of being a food blogger?

A. Having a chance to share my food philosophy with different people. I truly believe that eating healthy and delicious food can make people happier.

Q. What, if any, was the biggest challenge to becoming a food blogger? How did you overcome it?

A. I came to the U.S. from Ukraine, and starting to blog in English was a real challenge for me. Also I had to work really hard to make my dishes look beautiful on the pictures.

Q. What one word would define your culinary style?

A. Inspiring

Q. What’s the most important change you have made on your blog in the last year?

A. I’ve added a section for cook books, restaurants and events reviews. I want to write about culinary life of Bay Area.

Q. If you had to choose one kitchen tool you could not live without, what would it be and why?

A. No doubt my chef knife.

Q. What’s the best food photography tip you’ve learned in the past year?

A. Proper light is a key to everything. The better you understand all the light issues the better your pictures will be.

Q. Which three cities would you like to travel to purely for culinary reasons?

A. New Orleans, Stockholm and Paris.

Q. How do you spend your time when you are not in the kitchen?

A. I learn to sew. It is a very hard work, but it gives me so much satisfaction. I have a big passion for yoga and try to exercise at least twice a week. Also I learn German.

Q.* *How do you think food blogging will evolve in the years to come?

A. I think the amount of food bloggers will increase tremendously. And I also believe that in a few years there will be more opportunities to turn food blogging into a full time career.

Q. What one advice would you give to aspiring food bloggers?

A. Don’t be afraid to try something new.