Kirstin Jackson is a professionally trained cook, wine bar manager and cheese program director, food and wine writer, consultant, and instructor, whose fridge and head is almost entirely consumed with cheese. Her cheese blog, “It’s Not You, It’s Brie,” was launched in April 2009, and has since received accolades from Blogs.com, Foodista, and Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchen. And now, we’re proud to say, she’s joined our expert ranks at Menuism! Get to know Kirstin a little better with this interview, and please help us welcome her to community. (more…)
In person, Lisa Leake is radiant. When she talks about her passion–eating real food–she lights up, and it’s easy to see how such enthusiasm, combined with conviction, was the springboard for 100 Days of Real Food, the true story of how Lisa and her family of four stopped eating processed food products and made the switch to an all-natural diet that included only whole, natural foods. True to the name of her blog, Lisa chronicled her family’s journey for 100 days, but along the way, something incredible happened. People started paying attention to Lisa’s story, and then more people started paying attention, and then the media got wind of it, and now, with more than 25,000 fans on Facebook, it’s clear: people want to eat like the Leakes. And Lisa is showing them how to do it.
Lisa and her family began their real food journey in May 2010. Since they completed their initial 100-day challenge, they’ve relaxed their eating guidelines, but not much. In fact, they followed it up with a second 100-day challenge, even more daunting than the first: 100 Days of Real Food on a Budget. For this challenge, the Leakes followed the same rules, but on a budget that amounted to less than what a family of four on food stamps would have to spend. The result: success, and inspiration for the Leakes’ many fans. What’s next for Lisa and her family? Keep reading for the scoop! (more…)
Duggan McDonnell is the kind of guy everyone wants to have a drink with. When he’s behind the bar, you’re in for a treat: he possesses all the craftsmanship, charm and wit you’d expect from a bartender of a bygone era, combined with a thoroughly modern–and creative–sensibility. Believe me when I say that watching him construct a cocktail is half the fun.
The passionate drinker and traveler has logged time at breweries, wineries and distilleries on five continents, but he makes his home in San Francisco, where he’s the proprietor of Cantina, one of the City’s hottest watering holes. Duggan also produces award-winning pisco in Peru with his business partner and master distiller, Carlos Romero. To say he’s well versed in booze and beverage would be an epic understatement. (more…)
The triple threat is so passé. Want proof? Look no further than Béatrice Peltre, food stylist, photographer, blogger, journalist, and now, cookbook author. I’d call her a quintuple threat, but it’s not as catchy—and the truth is, it wouldn’t be accurate anyway; her talents exceed the editorially allowable number of hyphens it would take to list them all.
Béa’s award-winning blog, La Tartine Gourmande, has been praised by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and Saveur, among others. Design Sponge called the French expat a one-woman wonder, and with good reason: she’s a singular force in the food blogosphere. She does it all, extremely well, and yet everything she touches seems utterly effortless. It’s the mark of artistry, passion and true talent. (more…)
Robyn Eckhardt is the vivid voice of EatingAsia, a popular Malaysian-based food blog whose mouthwatering images are captured by her husband and collaborator, pro photographer David Hagerman. Together, they’re the dream team of the foodosphere: committed journalists with a profound passion for discovering, and reporting on, culinary culture and food traditions throughout Asia. But just as importantly, they’re avid eaters with an insatiable curiosity about the world we live in.
Robyn’s food and travel writing has appeared in Travel + Leisure Southeeast Asia, Saveur, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Asia. Robyn and Dave are currently collaborating with three Thai co-authors on a book about Gat Luang, a historic Chiang Mai neighborhood renowned for its vibrant markets.
When I first reached out to Robyn to request an interview, I did so as a longtime fan of Robyn and her travel writing, although I knew her best as the blogger behind EatingAsia. Over the course of conducting the interview, I gained so much more respect for Robyn—on a personal level, she’s just as knowledgeable and kind as you might expect her to be if you read her blog. She is also incredibly generous, compassionate, articulate and funny. Every now and then, the wide world of the Web still surprises and amazes me. I couldn’t be happier that once, a long time ago, I stumbled across a colorful corner called EatingAsia and have been caught up in that web ever since. (more…)
First things first: Amber Shea Ford is a classically trained raw vegan chef who attended the prestigious 105degrees Academy. A practicing vegan and raw foodist who has a refreshingly inclusive perspective (and some serious good taste), Amber is joining our dynamic team of experts and will be bringing you monthly exclusives on her delicious brand of culinary delights.
We know what you may be thinking. You can’t give up your decadent indulgences. You don’t want to read about salads. Well, we’ve got a secret to share: Amber happens to be anti-salad herself. Problem solved. And lest you think she’s all about radishes and watercress, here’s a peek of Amber in action–don’t forget to vote for her and her decadent Caramel-Fudge Brownies at Hot Raw Chef’s 2011 Sweet Valentine Contest. Oh, and those caramel-fudge brownies? They’re raw. And vegan.
My whole approach to food and diet is one of flexibility. I am a health-driven vegan, pure and simple, and I feel that allowing my veganism and raw foodism to have slightly blurred edges is actually healthier for me (physically AND mentally) in the long run. I’m pretty much 100% vegan at home (although I don’t scour labels or ingredient lists for microscopic bits of hidden animal products). When I travel or eat out, I give myself more leeway. For example, if I go out to a restaurant with friends, I might have a few bites of their dessert, even if it has butter in it. I’m not a fan of dogmatism or strict “rules” about food—I prefer to be flexible and focus on enjoying what I eat! Basically, although 99.5% of my diet is vegan (and largely raw!), as long as I feel happy, healthy, and vibrantly nourished at the end of the day, I have no problem making little exceptions here and there. (more…)
Clotilde Dusoulier is kind, polite and humble. Perhaps that’s not the lead you’d expect to introduce one of the earliest and most enduring stars of the food blogosphere, but it’s true. Sure, she turns a phrase with as much elegance and skill as a ballerina executing the perfect pirouette, and her recipes have received critical acclaim from respected publications ranging from Vogue to Gourmet Magazine, but the real secret ingredient to Clotilde’s success is just as likely her personal blend of curiosity, honesty and charm. Never mind that she lives in Paris; Clotilde embodies the girl next door: as approachable as they come, but with impeccable taste and enviable kitchen skills.
Since its debut in 2003 (practically the Stone Age in food blog terms), Clotilde’s popular blog, Chocolate & Zucchini, has gained an international cult following and continues to win new fans daily. Clotilde is the author of two books, Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris (named Best Culinary Travel Guide in the World by Gourmand World Cookbook Awards) and Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen. A third is in the works. You heard it here first!