Keia Mastrianni Keia Mastrianni is a writer, recipe developer, and baker based in Western North Carolina. Her interest in regional ingredients, agriculture, good food folks and their stories has led to a decade-long career as a Southern food writer. About Southern Living Southern Living, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, celebrates the food, homes, places, and culture of the South. We reach 7.2 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.