Writer. Foodie. Yogini.

Angela Derecas Taylor was born and raised in 1960’s Greenwich Village, within a family of restaurateurs. She had a twenty-year career as chef, caterer and event planner, first on private vintage yachts and then in luxury resorts and historic hotels, including the Waldorf-Astoria. Her next career lasted seventeen years as executive assistant to New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson. Angela is also a certified Yoga instructor specializing in Gentle, Restorative and Yoga Nidra, and Co-founder of Key to the Castle Workshop, offering any combination of writing, painting and yoga retreats in the United States and abroad.

In addition to writing creative non-fiction, Angela is a performance artist who has been a featured live storyteller with Generation Women, StoryBOOM!, Every Family’s Got One, Writes & Bites, WritersRead and Two Truths & a Lie, and has performed at Hudson Valley Books for Humanity in Ossining, the Katonah Museum of Art, the Southampton Cultural Center, City Winery in Greenwich Village, QED in Astoria and on The Moth MainStage at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, and had her story, “Finding YiaYia,” featured on The Moth Radio hour on NPR. Other writing credits include publication in The Westchester Review, Read650 Anthologies and Breadcrumbs online magazine, membership with the Italian American Writer’s Association and she is the recipient of a Gurfein Fellowship Honorable Mention from the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute.

Click on the “Stories” tab to see videos and hear stories. Click on the “Yoga” tab to find upcoming Yoga classes and workshops in Westchester and on City Island. Click on the “Food” tab to find recipes, including the lasagne that was served in Angelina’s and La Marionetta, Angela’s grandmother’s restaurants.