Carolyn Cope is the voice behind the popular food and lifestyle blog Umami Girl. She created the weekly Crisper Whisperer column on Serious Eats, which brought seasonal produce to life for a broad audience with humor and simple technique. Since 2008 she has contributed to and been featured in a wide array of media from NPR to Buzzfeed.
Carolyn’s cooking philosophy is firmly rooted in whole foods, mostly plants. She is equal parts live-to-eat and eat-to-live and has earned certificates from both the French Culinary Institute and the eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition program.
Carolyn holds a bachelors degree from Princeton University and a JD from Columbia Law School. She has lived and worked in both New York and London and currently resides with her husband and two daughters in a sweet little seaside town in New Jersey.
About this Site
Welcome to Umami Girl (est. 2008), where I write a short piece every week about my adventures in food, travel, books, and/or general foolishness. Many weeks I share recipes, most of them original, and all of them tested and approved by my family and me. Usually you’ll also find a story of one sort or another in the mix.
Welcome. Thank you for joining us. Everyone calls me Cope. Please do.
Being a husband and father is the best. Our family, friends and community make every day hilarious.
I am the only son of two talented people. Both are educators. One a rebel. One a story-teller. I am both.
The home I grew up in was strong in ideals and emotion. Some of each were constructive. Some not so much. Carolyn and I work every day to craft a worldly life and a home that is open to learning.
Day to day I work in construction and urban planning. I enjoy my work and how it benefits people, the way they work and their environment.
When I am not working I am learning, traveling or planning—for our future, for the fun of it and for our financial independence. I crave independence and love to learn so as to have more of it.
Soon we will start a family of Cope companies. Most will challenge the ways things are done. All will offer the best of life that we can offer, drawing from what we have learned so far and what we will.
Thank you for joining us as we enjoy our adventure. We’ll share more as there is more to share.
Umami means “yummy” or “delicious” in Japanese. Long recognized by observant eaters of both Eastern and Western cuisines, it was officially acknowledged by scientists as the fifth taste (along with sour, sweet, salty and bitter) only in 2002. Much more than just another taste, umami is the reason for culinary gestalt – that little extra something that catapults a food to a deliciousness far greater than the sum of its parts.
Thanks for reading Umami Girl. We strive to keep it real around here. Since a big part of our M.O. is the whole off-the-grid, unique voice, think-for-yourself vibe, we hope it’s obvious that we value our independent spirit more than almost anything else. We hope you find our considered opinions to be of some value, too.
That said, we’ve been lucky to have gotten a little more internet-famous as the years (years!) of blogging have ticked by. When you’re internet-famous—even just a little—people like to give you free stuff. Also, you tend to meet other people who are internet-famous in their own right—authors, peddlers, visionaries, evangelists. You know the types.
Sometimes we meet people. Sometimes they give us stuff. Sometimes we write about it. We don’t pretend to like stuff that we don’t like. How lame would that be? But we don’t want to always have to salt and pepper our individual posts with disclaimers and gut-wrenching confessions. That’s what reality TV is for. So please consider this your official FTC disclosure that we may have received free goods, free meals, payment, link love, love love, or even a little bitta umami in exchange for what we write on these pages. That’s life, friends. We do our best to live it with integrity.
From time to time we post links to books and other things we like on Amazon. These may be affiliate links, for which we earn a teensy weensy commission if you buy. (I say “may” because I am an absolute spaz about remembering to link that way.) Thanks for considering purchasing through those links. It helps us keep the blog running.
Oh! And just in case you were inclined to take our advice as a substitute for the advice of your doctor or medical professional, let me stop you right there. Don’t do it, k? Go have a chat with your doctor. We’ll still be here when you get back.