Sandra Cuza, born in Kansas and raised in Southern California, is a short story, feature film, television film, and drama writer and novelist. She received a BA from Mills College in Oakland, California, and an MA from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California, before becoming a creative writing instructor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Cuza moved to São Paulo, Brazil, in 1993 to teach with the American Society. Already a foodie, she began experimenting with Brazilian cuisine in her spare time shortly after her arrival. It was Cuza’s love for the cuisine and the markets of Brazil that served as the inspiration for this book.
Cuza is a member of the Authors Guild and the International Women’s Writing Guild. Her articles have been published in various literary magazines, and her accolades include first place in the Indiana Writers’ Center Contest in 2005 and the DeAnn Lubell Professional Writers’ Competition in 2003. Cuza makes her home surrounded by the street markets of São Paulo, Brazil.