Michelle Stark, Food Editor

Michelle Stark

Food 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.

Five recipes to make with fresh peaches

Warm Farro and Peach Bowls. [Courtesy of Eliesa Johnson.]
Some of our favorites from the new ‘Peach Truck Cookbook.’

The Peach Truck creators on what you need to know about peaches this summer

Stephen and Jessica Rose, who started The Peach Truck. Photo courtesy of Eliesa Johnson.
Stephen and Jessica Rose released their first cookbook, ‘The Peach Truck Cookbook’, in June.

These homemade Nutty Coconut Granola Bars are a solid portable snack

Nutty Coconut Granola Bars. [MICHELLE STARK   |   Times]
Homemade granola bars allow for lots of customization.

These sisters are serving up small-town charm and from-scratch flavors in an ice cream truck

Mindy Converse, left, and her sister Ali take a break from ice cream making to try some of their own product. [ANGELIQUE HERRING   |   Times]
Ali, 20, and Mindy, 23, Converse started American Honey Creamery at the end of 2018.

Looking for a summer snack? Try these two spreads: pimento cheese and muffuletta-style olive salad

Pimento cheese. [MICHELLE STARK, Tampa Bay Times]
We’ll be serving them at an upcoming event.