Meet Alexandra Greely:
Food writer/editor, cookbook author, and restaurant critic, Alexandra (Sandy) Greeley lives in Northern Virginia, where she cooks, eats, dreams about food from other cultures, and writes about food from every angle and from every culture. She worked as the food editor of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and for Vegetarian Times magazine, and has written about food for numerous publications. She has had published 35 cookbooks, and has copyedited more than 20 cookbooks for major publishing houses. She was the co-founder of Washington, DC, Slow Food’s chapter and is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier’s Washington chapter.
As a Catholic convert, Alexandra started the program at St. Veronica Catholic Church called Cooking with Our Saints in 2010. Over a seven-year period, she held classes featuring Catholic speakers from various regions of the world, including Cambodia. They brought in traditional recipes and spoke about the faith in their country of origin. Those classes inspired the cookbook she wrote called Cooking with the Saints by Sophia Institute Press. She initiated the farmers’ market on the grounds of St. Veronica and started an organic garden on the church property to feed the hungry through Catholic Charities. She also started an annual farm dinner, hosting parishioners and a Catholic speaker about food and farming. She has written about food for the National Catholic Register and is now a regular blogger writing about the connection between food and faith.