Hi. My name is Darina. I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I write fiction and have a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. I also freelance as a food & travel writer; my work has appeared in cookbooks and in several online and print publications such as Edible Vancouver, AOL Travel Canada, and Travel Muse. I started this blog because my biggest passions in life are writing and food. I thought it was time I combined the two.
To me, food is more than just about sustenance. It’s about memory, family, community. It’s about sharing ourselves and the bounties of this earth with those we love. Food connects us to so many things, which is why this blog is more than a recipe bank. My hope is to share my thoughts in a way that you– the reader–can identify with.
I started this blog in early 2009, when I was in a career transition and discovering that what I really wanted to do with my life was write about food. Then I picked up a my camera and decided that I liked taking pictures of food more even more than I liked writing about it. My photos have appeared in Edible Vancouver, Framework magazine and online in publications such as the Huffington Post and Yahoo! My photography portfolio can be found at www.darinakopcok.com
I am available for freelance writing and photography assignments related to food, travel, and lifestyle. To enquire about availability and pricing, or for any questions you might have, contact me through this form. The images on this website are available for licensing. Please do not use any images without my permission. If you would like to use an image on your blog, please credit me clearly and link back to my site.
I generally do not participate in recipe contests or review products but will review cookbooks, wines, and will develop recipes. I may do sponsored posts about products that I like and think would benefit my readers to know more about. If you think I would be suitable for a project you have in mind, please feel free to reach out to me.
Thank you for reading Gratinée. I hope that you will cook along with me.