Angelina LaRue is a food writer, photographer, and stylist whose love of food and farming has guided her lifeâ€™s passions. She grew up in West Texas, where her grandfather was a hardworking pumpkin farmer. He was a great influence on her childhood, and she still wishes one day to be able to start a pumpkin farm of her own. Growing up around a family of gardeners influenced her food philosophyâ€”straight from garden to table with the freshest meal possible.
Her education and work experience in government contracts and customs law prepared her to truly savor and appreciate the transition to food writing and recipe development. LaRue writes two weekly food columns, â€œFood Made Freshâ€ and â€œFood Bytes,â€ which focus on food experiences, recipes, and travel. Her columns are featured in Lubbock Magazine, Lubbock (TX) Avalanche-Journal, and the Idalou (TX) Beacon. She also maintains her own food blog, on which she posts her tested recipes.
A graduate of McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, LaRue is active in their alumni group. A member of St. Elizabeth Catholic University Parish, she has raised funds for Share Our Strengthâ€™s No Kid Hungry campaign, Water for People, and Mercy Corp. In addition to leading numerous collections for the South Plains Food Bank, LaRue works with the Foodways Texas organization to preserve Texas food culture. She lives in Idalou, Texas, where she loves to view the wildflowers and canyons of the Lone Star State.