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 SÃ£o 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 Cuzaâ€™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 Womenâ€™s Writing Guild. Her articles have been published in various literary magazines, and her accolades include first place in the Indiana Writersâ€™ Center Contest in 2005 and the DeAnn Lubell Professional Writersâ€™ Competition in 2003. Cuza makes her home surrounded by the street markets of SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil.