Maria Joana was named after her great-grandmother, which means that long before she was born her name had already been decided. Being the daughter of jurists she felt the need to distance herself from the world she was raised in: she decided to study anthropology. Her academic background allowed her to question her surroundings and herself. Cooking was a different matter, it gradually grew inside her from an early age. Her grandmother raised her between pans and dishes, but it was only at the age of 21 that she got to start cooking for herself and since then she never stopped. During her studies and because of her love for Isabel Allende’s books she took one year completing an Mphil in Latin American studies at Cambridge. It seems it was not her destiny to travel to Chile for her fieldwork , so she changed her PhD research interest to immigration and mental health, working with an institution in a social housing project in the surroundings of Lisbon. At the moment, she’s between the finalization of her PhD thesis and an increasing taste for cooking (especially vegetarian and healthy food) and physical exercise. It’s in these ramblings and apparent disconnected themes that she gets to reflect and write about the impact she wants to leave on this planet when she writes for her blogue Limited Edition.