Leah Eskin writes the food column "Home on the Range" as a special contributor for the Tribune’s Life + Style section. Eskin grew up baking chocolate chip cookies in Iowa City, Iowa. She stir-fried tofu from a closet kitchen at Brown University and managed enchiladas while studying in Paris. She made a snappy paella off-hours from journalism school at Columbia University. Eskin joined the staff of the Chicago Tribune Magazine in 2000. Her column, "Sum of the Parts," considered life’s urgent questions, including: Why does Ken tolerate Barbie? In 2004 she launched "Home on the Range," which offers a delicious essay and an insightful recipe each week. Though a Chicagoan at heart, she now lives with her husband and two underage food critics in Baltimore, Md.