ON THIS BLOG
I’ll be writing about the things I love: cooking with natural foods, eating seasonally and sharing wholesome meals with the people in my life. Cooking and cuisine have always been at the heart of fine living, celebrating the community and its efforts. A meal has never been anything to take for granted in my life and this blog is a greater reflection of that simple idea.
My name is Laura and I live in the Niagara region of southern Ontario. I went to culinary school, but learned considerably more about food and being in the world from working in restaurants and growing up with agriculture. I have a staggering/embarrassing collection of cookbooks and food-related literature.
ON THE NAME
“The First Mess” is taken from M.F.K. Fisher’s An Alphabet for Gourmets, where she refers to the arrival of the first run (or mess) of peas in early spring as “the day with stars on it.” Her sincere appreciation and thoughtful writings on food are a marvel to read, time and again.
MY WORK, PRESS ETC.
My stuff has been featured on The Huffington Post, SAVEUR, the Martha Stewart Living Blog, Epicurious, the Food & Wine Blog, The Washington Post, Epicurious, Gourmet LIVE, The Guardian, The Kitchn, Food 52, A Cup of Jo, The Food Network Blog, and a few other places. I’ve also developed recipes for Clean Eating Magazine, Food 52, BuzzFeed, Pure Green Magazine, and the Toronto Vegetarian Association.
Want to work together or just say hi? For inquiries relating to recipe development, sponsored posts, creative collaboration and the like, use the contact form in the upper right of this page OR drop me a line at laura [AT] thefirstmess [DOT] com. You can also find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook too.
MY CAMERA, PHOTOS ETC.
I shoot all of the photos here and for that process, I utilize a Canon EOS 5D Mark II body with the Canon EF 50 mm f/1.4 as my main lens (sometimes this one too). I edit the photos with Photoshop and Lightroom, and also play around with VSCO film.