I’m Faith Gorsky, the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind An Edible Mosaic. My favorite thing to do is go into the kitchen hungry, open the fridge, and start creating. Other than cooking, I enjoy yoga, reading (cookbooks mostly), vintage shopping (especially in old markets), watching movies (of all genres, but Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter will always have a special place in my heart), and am enamored with ancient cultures.
I was born, raised, and spent most of my life in Upstate New York. I lived in Florida for three years during law school and recently returned there, and have also spent a significant amount of time living Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, and the Washington DC area.
I love to travel, especially to places steeped in rich culture and history. One of my favorite cities is Damascus, Syria…it’s scented of jasmine, spices, and apple tobacco, tastes sweet like toot (berry juice) and salty like bizzer (roasted seeds and nuts), and feels like another world. I’ve also been to France, Switzerland, England, Poland, Thailand, UAE, and Costa Rica.
My favorite thing to do when traveling is go to a local market and spend an entire afternoon taking in the sights, sounds, and smells. And I’m a firm believer that it doesn’t get any better than eating like a local; when I travel I’m always on the lookout for a busy hole-in-the-wall dive, street food cart, or local food market!
My travels around the world have greatly influenced my cooking style, and I love sharing updated classic American and international favorite recipes on her website. My cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair (Tuttle Publishing; November 2012), is a tribute to the significant amount of time I spent living in the Middle East, where I was able to fully immerse myself in the culture and cuisine.
My favorite foods (in addition to cheese, chocolate, and oddly, onion, but not all together) are delicata squash (because of things like this salad), homemade chocolate chip cookies, and Indian Butter Chicken.
An Edible Mosaic’s Mission and Food Philosophy
At An Edible Mosaic, we believe that food plays a tremendous role in our daily lives. In its basic form, food nourishes us, sustains us, and fuels us; it’s what keeps our minds focused and attentive and our bodies running smoothly. But food is so much more than that. Food is how we celebrate (birthday cake), how we spend time with our families and friends (Sunday suppers), and how we express our culture and traditions (what would Thanksgiving be without turkey or Ramadan be without lentil soup?). An Edible Mosaic is a true celebration of food itself.
We truly are what we eat. Keeping that in mind, at An Edible Mosaic we think there’s a time and place for every type of food, but moderation is the best practice. You won’t find diet or fad recipes here, just a focus on real foods that sustain our bodies and minds, bring people together, and make a house a home.
Our recipes don’t focus exclusively on any one cuisine or type of food, but instead embrace the foods of many different cultures. So much can be learned about people through what they eat, and how, when, and why they eat it. It’s our goal to inspire you to get into the kitchen and try something new.
Welcome to our mosaic of recipes.