Meet Ashley, the aspirant chef and happy host behind Cuoco Contento. Trained as a restaurant interior designer, Ashley’s passion for hospitality extends into her kitchen. In 2014, she married Joshua and became a “Cuoco,” or “cook,” in Italian. Quite literally, she is a happy cook! Cuoco Contento was born in August 2015 as a creative outlet for weekend cooking experiments. Today, Cuoco Contento thrives on creating visceral food photography for a host of clients. Here, we cook the things that bring extraordinary joy!

Our ambition is to practice hospitality. This means giving guests our best. To make them feel at home. We cherish the family meal. We believe it’s important to say grace and to use every meal as an opportunity to take communion with others. We offer friends and family our home, our table and our utmost attention. If someone is special to you, make that person feel it in a way they will not soon forget.

Cuoco Contento is a heartfelt food journal where Ashley shares recipes and photographs from her kitchen. More than just a food blog, Cuoco has evolved to focus largely on food photography. Did you know that we can actually feel food? Chances are, you’ve recently looked at a photo of hot, melty cheese on a plate of homemade pasta and thought, “Wow, I need to eat that!” A visceral food photo has the ability to resonate deep inside of  us, evoking memories and feelings of the comfort that comes with good food. Nothing brings us greater joy than getting that one shot: the one that ignites happiness in others.

Ashley’s photography has been featured on Genius Kitchen, The Bake Feed, Martha Stewart, and The Feed Feed. Ashley has collaborated with brands such as Sur la Table, Simply Organic Foods and Health-Ade.

More about Ashley:

Ashley is born and raised in Long Island, New York. She dreams of traveling to Lake Como, Venice, Rome, Munich, Sydney…the list goes on! Josh (an aspiring doctor) and Ashley want to live out in the open, somewhere south of here, where the mountains are tall and the farms are plentiful. They also vow to own chickens one day. And maybe some bees.

Ashley graduated from the New York Institute of Technology in 2014 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design. She became certified through NCIDQ in the Spring of 2016.

A few of her favorite things: homemade pasta, pie straight out of the oven, autumn evenings, kraft paper cards, cinnamon, the sound my gas burner makes with it ignites, walks to the beach at dusk, classic Christmas songs, reading, shrimp cocktail, leather everything, wooden spoons, good coffee, Louis Armstrong and Sinatra “tunes,” listening to her grandparents’s stories, a good food and wine pairing, the color orange, journaling, her red Staub coccette.

Ashley shoots on a Canon 6D with a 50mm lens.

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