Maria Desiderata Montana

Maria Desiderata Montana is the publisher of the award-winning food blog San Diego Food Finds ( She is also a nationally published and award-winning author, food and wine journalist, and photographer who learned how to cook and appreciate European cuisine from her parents who were born and raised in Calabria, Italy.

Maria is the author of the new San Diego Food Finds Best Local Eats: 2017 (Maria Desiderata Montana), Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego (Globe Pequot Press), San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From America’s Finest City (Lyons Press), San Diego Italian Food: A Culinary History of Little Italy and Beyond (History Press), Market Restaurant + Bar Cookbook: Seasonally Inspired Cuisine from Southern California (Globe Pequot Press), 100 Things To Do In San Diego Before You Die (Reedy Press), San Diego Food Finds Best Local Eats: 2017, 2018, 2019 (Maria Desiderata Montana), and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Cookbook. She is extensively published in several publications, where she has written a wide variety of food and entertainment stories as well as her own monthly recipe column. Maria guest appears on local radio and TV to share her knowledge of food and cooking and regularly assists celebrity and high-profile chefs with cookbook projects.