Amy and Virginia are best friends who first bonded over trying to find an actually delicious lunch in midtown Manhattan as young, broke, magazine editors. (The solution was usually Chipotle.) Since then, they’ve taken cooking classes in Tuscany, co-hosted a dozen epic New Year’s Eve dinner parties, and packed about a thousand lunchboxes. They don’t agree on everything food-related: Amy accepts that some desserts don’t involve chocolate; Virginia emphatically does not. But they’re both committed to helping women feel better about how they’re eating and how they’re feeding their kids.
Virginia Sole-Smith is the author of The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America. As a journalist, Virginia has reported from kitchen tables and grocery stores, graduated from beauty school, and gone swimming in a mermaid’s tail. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Elle and many other publications. She is also a contributing editor with Parents Magazine. Virginia lives with her husband and two daughters in New York’s Hudson Valley. Find her at virginiasolesmith.com and on social media @v_solesmith.
Amy Palanjian is a writer, editor, recipe developer and crafter for magazines, books, and websites and is the creator of Yummy Toddler Food. Amy has worked as the Lifestyle Director of FamilyFun magazine and as a food editor with Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Media. She’s currently a contributing editor to AllRecipes magazine and her work has appeared in All You, Better Homes and Gardens, Bon Appetit, Delicious Living, DIY magazine, HGTV magazine, The Kitchn, Mother.ly, Parents, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, and more. She lives near Des Moines, Iowa with her family. You can find her on social media @yummytoddlerfood.