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Hey there! I'm Sloane
I am the professional baker, food photographer, and blogger behind Sloane's Table. I grew up in Southlake, Texas, a suburban town in between Dallas and Fort Worth. I currently live in New York, and am soaking up all of the incredible food and culture this city has to offer.
Why I started Sloane's Table...
My connection to baking is strangely not related to my upbringing. I never had the warm & fuzzy memories of grandma baking, and I never received recipes passed down through generations. My passion for baking started out as more of a distraction from my life.
From ages 6-21, I spent a majority of my time in a pool. I was a competitive springboard diver, which required 20+ hours of training per week. I truly loved the sport, even when I began experiencing chronic back and hip pain. For years, I was passed from doctor to doctor with little to no answers. Most answers I did receive were shots in the dark or bandaids to temporarily mask the pain.
My life became consumed by pain. As someone who was already quiet in nature, I drew into myself further and further. My relationship with my family became strained and friendships dissipated.
For years, the highlights in my life were going to doctors appointments (they were honestly some of the most direct social interaction I had), and baking. I didn't consciously decide to distract myself from my problems with baking; I suppose it happened naturally. But eventually, I became fascinated with how recipes were developed, how certain ingredients impacted the texture, and of course how they tasted.
Growing up in Texas, I certainly had some of the best Tex-Mex and BBQ, and with an Italian father, some of the most amazing traditional Italian food. But baked goods? Nothing was better than what I could create myself with recipes from some of my favorite baking blogs.
Fast forward to 2019...
I was a junior at Dartmouth College studying abroad in Greece as a Classics Studies major. I know its cliche to say, but this experience truly changed my life. Up until this point I had gone down a path I was expected to follow. But when my eyes were opened up to the richness of history, culture, and food, I felt this undeniable pull towards a life immersed in food. My passion for baking had only grown throughout my time at Dartmouth, and it was then as I sat on a bus traveling between tiny Peloponnesian towns, binge listening to Radio Cherry Bombe on women's careers in the food world, I knew I had no option but to pursue a career involving food. It was as if this chapter in my life had already been set in motion, and I couldn't stop it, even if I wanted to.
By the spring of 2020, I had created Sloane's Table and had a strong vision of where I wanted to take it. I was still applying to "real jobs," with the purpose of appeasing my family. But I knew deep down, I wanted to take Sloane's Table full time, and I knew I would never be able to manage my chronic pain in a corporate job. Luckily, just a little while later, I found myself at home completing my bachelor's degree with few job prospects in sight. Similar to so many others, the pandemic gave me the opportunity to turn my passion into a business. So that feeling from my study abroad came true: I actually had no option but to make my dream a reality, and I am so so grateful that I now get to bake for a living.
So yes, I started Sloane's Table because I am passionate about baking and food photography. But what fuels me day in and day out is my experience of living with chronic pain and having the freedom to manage it on my own terms.
Sloane's Table Mission
Sloane's Table is dedicated to streamlining tedious & technical recipes, as well as perfecting the simplest ones, so you can recreate them in your own kitchen with confidence and ease!
Baking can seem intimidating, but my goal is to take you step by step with process photos and detailed notes, guiding you throughout each recipe. So whether you are looking to challenge yourself and improve your baking skills or just want an easy, trust-worthy recipe, you're in the right place.
Thank you so much for being here and supporting Sloane's Table. Baking has the power to bring so much joy to our lives, and I am so grateful I get to share that joy with you.
If you have questions or comments about one of my recipes or baking in general, don't hesitate to reach out! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on Instagram.
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