A wayfaring chef, Sariann garnered most of her culinary knowledge from the family kitchen sages- her mother and grandmothers. In true New England fashion, the first dish she cooked, at age 10, was Mom’s apple pie. After growing up on a working farm, Sariann attended the University of Vermont, where she became involved in the eating local and small agriculture movements, and spent time working on a dairy farm. Sariann is the co-author of A Feast of Ice and Fire , the Official Game of Thrones cookbook. Many of the recipes found in the book are historical, based on source cookbook manuscripts from Ancient Rome up to the modern day. Following the publication of her cookbook, Sariann began her training in commercial kitchens at Helen Browning at The Royal Oak in Wiltshire, England, a pub owned by the head of the Organic Soil Association. After a stint in Portland, Oregon at the Arlington Club, a member’s club steeped in history and French cuisine, Sariann has returned to the British Isles and now makes her home in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she enjoys exploring traditional staple dishes, and rekindling love for forgotten foods.
Sariann's fibre journey began in high school, when her younger sister, Gavi, taught her how to knit. Gavi had joined the Knit Club at her own school in order to earn community service hours. Now a days Gavi is only an occasional knitter, while Sariann totally caught the bug. Knitting brought Sariann through a bout of walking pneumonia at university, a hard, cold winter in Vermont when she wasn't allowed to go outside but for classes. It became an activity that Sariann found herself constantly returning to, especially in difficult or trying times in her life. On moving to Scotland, she was overwhelmed at the abundance of sheep in the countryside, the native sheep breeds, and the connection to agriculture that so much of the US lacked. After nearly a year of happily knitting other people's yarns, Sariann took the plunge and contacted small flock shepherds across the UK to launch the Wool Project. The Wool Project focuses on connecting knitters and the recipients of knitwear with where their wool comes from, the importance of keeping traditional small farming alive, and the integral role we as yarn consumers have in saving heritage and rare breeds here in Britain.