Julie Richardson is the owner and head baker of Baker & Spice, a small-batch bakery and café in Portland, Oregon. Julie is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and the co-author of Rustic Fruit Desserts. Her sweet tooth led her to open her first bakery, Good Earth, in Ketchum, Idaho. Upon moving to Portland, she fell in love with the farms and fruits of the Pacific Northwest and launched Baker & Spice from a stall at the farmers' market in 1999. You can find Julie most days baking up cakes, croissants, and pies at Baker & Spice or teaching classes up the street at Sweetwares, her retail bakeware shop. When Julie is not baking, she can be found digging in her garden. She lives in Portland with her husband, Matt, and their many four-legged friends.