Deb Barshafsky was born in Tacoma, Washington, to a northern father and a German mother. As she enters her 34th year as a resident of the southern United States, she's both amazed and amused that she's still not considered a southerner by people whose family trees have deep roots in red Georgia clay. Deb has written the food column for Augusta magazine, the city magazine of Augusta, Georgia, for more than a decade, and she's completing a master of gastronomy degree from the University of Adelaide and Le Cordon Bleu. And, yes, that is a southern style 16-layer chocolate fudge cake in her profile photo. The kind with the crunchy icing that makes your teeth hurt.