Julia is a celebrated pastry chef, writer, and stylist whose work has appeared in Vera Wang on Weddings, Woman’s World, Where Women Cook, Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Better Homes and Gardens, Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion, Gastronomica, and nearly every national bridal magazine. Julia is Contributing Editor at Dessert Professional, a 2008 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards finalist, winner of Cake Masters 2013 Cookie Award, and past President of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She is also the author of two cookie books, Cookie Swap and Ultimate Cookies, and the creator of the 16-video cookie decorating course, Julia M. Usher’s Ultimate Cookie Decorating Series. Her latest cookie projects are this site, a cookie decorating app that released in Fall 2013, and a 3-D cookie decorating course with eduK that released in 2015. In between making instructional videos for her YouTube channel, Recipes for a Sweet Life, Julia travels the globe teaching cookie decorating classes.