Hi! I’m Amy Langrehr, also known to some as Charm City Cook.

I grew up in rural Baltimore County, and now I live in the heart of Baltimore City. This suburban-to-urban migration has influenced nearly every aspect of my life as a food writer and cook. For instance, I am always on the lookout to try new recipes and distinctive combinations of ingredients — and I raise chickens in the backyard of my Hampden rowhouse. Also, when it comes to the food I put on the table, I choose only fresh and locally grown ingredients whenever possible and do most of my weekly shopping at the city’s farmer’s markets. Not gonna lie. I have a soft spot for Taco Bell and Popeye’s.

I’ve always been interested in cooking, but I didn’t get serious about it until after a 2007 trip to France for my birthday. During the trip, I had a culinary epiphany, brought on in part by having the chance to spend time with Ina Garten, one of my food and entertaining faves, while visiting my best friend in Paris (she designed Ina and Jeffrey’s apartment.) When I got back to Baltimore, I was so inspired. And ready to cook! That’s when the blog started in my head…

One of the things I love best about cooking is that you can constantly learn new things and make exciting discoveries in the process.