Amy Godiwalla is co-author of What a Good Eater!, a baby and toddler cookbook with healthy herbs and spices to add flavor and broaden your baby’s palate. Amy is a food writer, recipe developer, cooking instructor, and speaker. She writes for the What a Good Eater! food blog, is a contributing writer for Attainable Sustainable, and versions of her work have appeared on Huffington Post.
Amy was born and raised in a Parsi (Persian-Indian) family in Houston, Texas. Amy’s grandmother, a renowned caterer in India, cooked for many special guests during her lifetime, including government officials, diplomats, and even the queen of England. Her grandmother later emigrated from India to the United States to live with Amy’s family, where she prepared delicious meals daily. Amy’s mother, a talented cook herself, frequently cooked foods from different countries in 30 minutes or less. Amy’s exposure to different foods at an impressionable age was welcome and customary.
After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Amy studied foreign language and culture in Florence, Italy, and Seville, Spain. She returned to the United States and excelled in the corporate world, holding various sales and marketing positions and winning numerous awards at Fortune 500 companies. After 14 successful years in corporate America, Amy proudly accepted a new promotion: full-time caregiver to her two sons, Landon and Armin! She began feeding Landon homemade baby food with herbs and spices, which sparked the inspiration and collaboration for What a Good Eater!
Amy and her husband, Shaun, live in Denver, Colorado, with their two little boys. When Amy is not feeding little mouths or inventing recipes, she enjoys hiking, yoga, snowboarding, cooking, entertaining, traveling to the mountains, sipping hot chocolate at ski resorts, and wine tasting.
“Before having my first child, I researched how to minimize picky eating habits in children. I discovered that the subject fascinated me! My research confirmed my intuition: exposing children to a variety of foods, flavors, and textures at a very young age is imperative. I hope to raise children who enjoy a variety of cuisines and flavors, welcoming them with enthusiasm and curiosity. I would be delighted and honored if I can help other parents also achieve this goal.”
Alessandra (Ali) Macaluso is the author of The Real-Deal Bridal Bible, the voice behind her lifestyle blog, PunkWife, and regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Scary Mommy. Her work has appeared in Charlotte Magazine along with many other media outlets, including the New York Times “Life and Style” section. Her original screenplay, “Polar Suburbia”, placed as a semi-finalist in the 2009 Moondance Film Festival.
Alessandra graduated from Pace University with a B.A. in English and Communications. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband Greg, their two small children, Penelope and Ciro, and a 25 lb. cat named Marcus who believes he is a dog.
Her inspiration behind What a Good Eater! began with her desire to feed her daughter healthy meals on-the-fly. A busy mom, like many of us, Ali wanted an approachable way to introduce great flavors to her daughter beginning with the first bites. Her collaboration for this project is the delicious result. She has always enjoyed cooking and entertaining, and has forever been intrigued and amazed by the healing powers of herbs and spices. She is inspired by the cooking styles of both of her grandmothers: her father’s mother, a strong Italian woman who lived for cooking savory meals and would even make her own pasta, and her mother’s mother, equally strong, who considers herself a “lousy cook” but taught Ali that you only need to learn to “make one good dish”, a feat which she accomplished through her addictive eggplant parmesan.
“I’m a first-generation Italian with a passion for food, and a desire to keep things simple. I found that a direct result of feeding our daughter no-fuss, flavorful meals was a beneficial change in our diets as well. My favorite recipes in our book are the ones designed for the whole family to enjoy.”