It all started when my husband and I moved from a tiny apartment in Manhattan to a cottage in Florida where there was... a real kitchen. As a Spaniard, I believe it is in my DNA to be hospitable and welcoming and so I rediscovered my passion for cooking and entertaining. Sharing recipes, ideas, what-to-do, how-to do-it and when-to-do-it became my most favorite subject of conversation.
have always loved inviting friends to my house, wherever that may be: from a tiny apartment in the city, to weekend rentals and now at home. Cooking for my family and friends is my refuge and haven, it is how I give back, it is my source of comfort and inspiration. It is a ritual that I embrace wholeheartedly and yes, it does take time but the time spent giving back, sharing, caring and loving those around me is a good time.
When my children were born I wanted to work from home. Writing was just a thought when in 2003 Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens, a new magazine, and Palm Beach Daily News, our local paper published my first article on entertaining at home... and then bi-weekly for three years. Since then, I have written for Veranda, Town & Country Travel, Food & Wine, The Miami Herald, Palm Beach Illustrated and The Huffington Post, among many other publications.
"Delicious!" is the first book I published as fund raiser for the school my children attended in West Palm Beach, FL. It nearly sold out in 8 months and we raised enough money to put on a new roof! My second book, "Delicious Flavors", received the silver medal from the Independent Publisher’s Award for cookbook of the year and was named "one of the best" cookbooks for summer 2009 by Town & Country. My third book, "Palm Beach Entertaining" (Rizzoli 2012), was written in collaboration with a group of amazingly talented ladies and is already in its second printing; we are now working on the next one!
Victoria Amory & Co. started after a school fundraising effort where we sold over 200 jars of savory sauces in 10 minutes. In 2012 I developed a line of cooking sauces, foods and condiments which are sold nationally through HSN and through my website. I am so excited to share my lifestyle, which is why I call my line of foods (and soon accesories) Effortless. Everyday. Entertaining.