Marisa Baggett arrived in Los Angeles from her home in Mississippi with one goal in mind: to learn as much as she could about great sushi. At the California Sushi Academy she studied sushi preparation, sushi culture and how to make other Japanese dishes. She returned to her Southern home to share her "Southern-style sushi." She teaches workshops on sushi making, caters sushi events, and works with caterers in the Memphis Jewish community to supply kosher sushi for special events. She is the author of Sushi Secrets: Easy Recipes for the Home Cook and Vegetarian Sushi Secrets.