By age 25, Allison had visited 17 countries across six continents and gained an appreciation for the culinary specialties of the places she visited. Allison spent five years at College Raptor before coming to The Spruce as a staff writer. She loves recreating dishes at home and experimenting with flavors. In her free time, Allison enjoys learning about wines and cocktails from around the globe. She has been writing professionally for six years and holds a degree in English and creative writing from the University of Iowa.