American chef, food writer, and editor. Lust grew up in Yakima, Washington, and earned a B.S. degree in biology at Washington State University before earning her master's degree in liberal studies at Dartmouth College. Her first book,
Pass the Polenta: And Other Writings from the Kitchen, with Recipes (1998), is a blend of memoir, thoughts about food and its meaning in our lives, and the recipes of her Italian immigrant grandmother, for whom food was family, love, and life itself. A professional chef and an Italian teacher, Lust is also the translator of Italian author Alessandra Lavagnino's novel Librarians of Alexandria: A Tale of Two Sisters (2006). See also eatyourbooks.com/authors/8168/teresa-lust.