I've been a professional food writer and recipe developer since 1996, and I'm guessing if you've ever bought a copy of Cooking Light, Eating Well, Better Homes & Gardens or Health you've probably already cooked at least one of my recipes! You might also have seen me on ABC and the LiveWell Network.
Why am I so passionate about helping people cut processed foods out of their diets?
Because when I was in my twenties I was diagnosed with lupus and told, by a lovely but very stern doctor, that I needed to transform the way I ate.
As someone who at the time had what can only be described as a hate-hate relationship with vegetables, you can imagine that my journey towards a better way of eating wasn't smooth.
First, I needed to figure out how to make vegetables taste just as compelling to me as the junk food I'd grown up with. And then, once that gargantuan feat was accomplished, I needed to develop new habits so that my new way of eating would stick over the long haul.
It worked. So well, in fact, that my lupus diagnosis was reversed to fibromyalgia and the pain and exhaustion that used to plague me gave way to energy, focus and calm.
Once I was out of the woods health-wise and real food had become my default, I realized that, as a food pro, I was uniquely placed to help others do the same.
Through my work with NOURISH Evolution, and now Cook the Seasons, I've helped thousands of people transform the way they and their families eat -- I was even named Entrepreneur of the Year by my peers at the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 2012.
While my work takes me all over the world, home is the San Francisco Bay Area where I live with my husband, Christopher, and daughter and chief recipe tester, Noemi.