It was a stress-induced illness that had me down and out for almost a month last fall that initially sparked my interest in learning more about food as medicine. As a Paris-trained chef and food stylist, I have always valued food for beauty and nourishment. However, while I have always had an interest, I never fully understood the power food has in healing. I have always been a bit of a health nut, but after doing a pantry and refrigerator clean-out, I realized not everything I was consuming was whole or even healthy.
At the start of the year, I decided to go plant-based and studied plant-based nutrition through Cornell University's Center for Nutrition Studies. I don't love eating labels and I do believe that nutrition is very bio-individual and people need to do what is best for their own health and wellness, but I have experienced such a shift in the way I feel, both physically and mentally, from eating predominantly plants.
I like to describe my way of cooking as vibrant beauty food. I love cooking whole foods that are vibrant in color and beautiful to see (we eat first with our eyes) because this way of cooking and eating has given me more vitality, vibrancy, energy and improved my overall sense of wellness and wellbeing. Regardless if you are a plant-based eater or not, we all need to be eating more colorful foods and I have a passion for sharing this way of cooking and eating with others in order to help people experience more vibrancy and vitality in their own lives. I hope to make this space on my site a place where people can come to find food that is healthy, creative and beautiful with a touch of sophistication, yet simple and approachable enough for any home cook to prepare. My recipes are meant to serve as blueprints and to encourage others to find their own creativity in cooking.
If there are ingredients you feel challenged by or recipe ideas you would like to see, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out by sending me an email in the email link on my site. And make sure to subscribe to my monthly journal for plant-based recipe inspiration, healthy lifestyle tips and news. Link in the navigation bar at the top of this site.