Michelle Stark - Times Food and Lifestyle Editor

Times Food and Lifestyle Editor

My reputation is Lady With Snacks in Her Purse at All Times. I’m constantly thinking about my next meal, sometimes while eating my current meal. So it’s fitting that I became the Tampa Bay Times food editor in 2015, taking on the role of sharing culinary joy with you through recipes and stories about our community. I cook almost daily, mostly simple dinners and lots of carbs (I’ve mastered homemade pizza dough) - all of it from scratch. I grew up in Florida, graduating from the University of South Florida in 2010 and joining the Times that same year. I own far too many pairs of boots for someone who has never lived in a state with seasons.

  1. A citrus turkey surrounded by side dishes.
    For the first time this year, a celebrity guest will answer phone calls on Nov. 14.
  2. Roasted acorn squash
    Consider a big pile of roasted veggies for your holiday table.
  3. Dishes made with edible insects like ants, crickets, by Joseph Yoon of Brooklyn Bugs.
    Joseph Yoon will present a bug-centric dinner at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.
  4. Michelle Stark and Helen Freund
    Our food writers will share what’s on their plates every Wednesday.
  5. Buttermilk dressing on a peach salad.
    Inevitably, you will have extra. Here’s how to put it to good use.
  6. Stephanie Anderson's new book, 'One Size Fits None'
    The author who lives in Florida will speak in St. Petersburg this weekend.
  7. We can’t stop making these waffles, inspired by celebrity cookbook author Chrissy Teigen.
  8. Hiramasa crudo at Anchor & Brine.
    Some of our favorite sips and bites around Tampa Bay right now.
  9. Spice up your Halloween party with these festive cocktails.
    We got boozy tips from the experts at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.
  10. Chewy Chocolate Cookies, Pretzel Candy Bark and Upside-Down Spiced Pear Cake
    Five recipes to make for a ghoulish yet sophisticated spread.