Rebecca Howard has been an eater since birth, a baker since childhood and was a writer before she could read. She combines these three first loves here as A Woman Sconed. Early in her publishing career, she was a newspaper food editor who didn’t make enough money to buy food, but survived to carry on as a reporter, newspaper page designer, copy editor, proofreader and fact-checker. She grew up in Kansas and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she also writes the award-winning food column, “Cooking My Way Home,” for Kansas Country Living magazine. Her collection of short stories, “The Still Hunt,” is in progress. She is a two-time first-place winner of the Mare Island Home Cook competition.(As the photo below would suggest, Howard has been serious about her birthday cake since the beginning.)

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