Toni Piccinini

“Pleased to Meet You” - Toni Piccinini

About Toni

Toni Piccinini was born in a tiny coal-mining town in western Pennsylvania on an unseasonably warm November evening during the Eisenhower administration. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in biology. At the University of California San Francisco, she researched the efficacies of antibiotics, which led to publications most notably in The Journal of Clinical Pathology and The Journal of Microbiology.

Toni opened a San Francisco "Top 100" restaurant and has won several recipe contests, one of which awarded one hundred pounds of pasta to the San Francisco Food Bank in her name. She has written essays, cookbook reviews, and recipes for national and local media, including Roadwork, SheWrites, and The Marin Independent Journal. Her essay "House Affair" was a Narrative Magazine "Story of the Week." The Goodbye Year (Seal Press, 2013) is her first book. She lives in Marin County, California with her husband and enjoys frequent visits from her three children.

Toni and Page at Pike Place Market in Seattle circa 1997.

Selected publications

Writers on motherhood

A delicious taste of food writing

Just a sampling of wonderful bookstores

The Goodbye Year (an excerpt)

House Affair in Narrative Magazine

Cookbook Critic in The Marin IJ