Marissa Wu is currently a sophomore, studying Public Relations and French Studies. Marissa got her culinary start with Betty Crocker cupcakes when she was 11, but has come a long way since then. Now, her favorite things to bake are cookies, simple cakes, bread, and pie dough. Naturally, her favorite things to eat are also baked goods- specifically, croissants and morning buns from Tartine in San Franscisco. She says they’re “a dream.”
A Golden State native, Marissa takes a lot of her culinary inspiration from her hometown. Her most memorable food experience was in the Mission District of San Francisco, at a small ice cream shop called Bi-Rite. “They have this honey-lavender ice cream that is UNREAL. The lavender really knocks you in the nose. So delicate...but SO GOOD.”
Her current favorite restaurant is also in California- Huckleberry in Santa Monica, run by the fantastic Zoe Nathan. Marissa highly recommends going for brunch! She cites Zoe Nathan’s book Huckleberry as one of her favorite food-related books, alongside Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan, Sweet Paul, all books by Joy the Baker, Flour by Joanne Chang, and The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo. Evidently, Marissa looks up to many culinary icons for inspiration, including Joy Wilson (“Witty. Down-to-earth. Lover and maker of doughnuts.”), Rachel Khoo (“Loving, living, eating, and cooking in the greatest city in the world...Paris!”), and David Loftus (food photographer for none other than Jamie Oliver).
One day, Marissa dreams to do food PR for Lauduré or be a food photographer. She is definitely off to an amazing start. She is our Featured Photographer for the month of October for her pictures in "BU Students Explore Healthy Cooking at the GSU Farmers Market."
Photos by Marissa Wu
Class Year: Sophomore
Major: Public Relations & French Studies
Position in TasteBUds: Photographer
Hometown: Castro Valley, CA
Ingredients She Cannot Live Without: Sprinkles and Brown Sugar