Lauren is the founder of the blog A Nerd Cooks. She is a nerd, dog mom to the world's most adorable Boston Terrier, and a serious baked goods and cocktail enthusiast. When she's not in the kitchen, Lauren is working as a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University. While in graduate school, she discovered that cooking and baking could be therapeutic activities and that sharing her creations with friends and family brought a lot of joy. This realization, coupled with a love of food and drink, led her to begin blogging and sharing her creations with the world. Bourbon is her go-to drink, and she loves brands like Bulleit, Maker's Mark, Knob Creek and Woodford Reserve.