Thanks to her dad, once an electrical engineer, and her mom, a crazy-talented baker and home decorator, Julia is equal parts dessert designer and nerd! When not writing cookie books and articles for the nation’s leading food magazines, Julia enjoys tinkering with her blog, designing new sites for community cookie play (check out her latest, Cookie Connection), and devising marketing strategies for her growing food writing and styling business.
Julia is Contributing Editor at Dessert Professional, a 2008 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards finalist, and President of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Her work, written and edible, has appeared in Vera Wang on Weddings, Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Better Homes and Gardens, Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion, Gastronomica, Woman’s World, Where Women Cook, and nearly every national bridal magazine. In addition to her award-winning cookie books, Cookie Swap: Creative Treats to Share Throughout the Year and Julia M. Usher’s Ultimate Cookies, Julia is the creator of the highly acclaimed 16-video Julia M. Usher’s Ultimate Cookie Decorating Series. Presently, Julia is busy cooking up a new online video channel, a TV series, and another over-the-top cookie art book.