I’ve spent more than a decade motivating people to eat well.
My primary tool is flavor, as I show people how great taste and great nutrition can joyfully coexist at the dinner table.
I have faith in the allure of the kitchen, and promise that if you’re inspired by the results you’ll find yourself wanting to cook more and more. Creating meals that enhance your health and well-being while caressing your taste buds is irresistible. Visit my Recipe Box and explore. You’ll see.
A Little Background
I invented the term “Culinary Translator” to describe what I do, which is essentially translating nutritional science to the plate, seasoned by wisdom and the alchemy of flavor.
I got to this magical place in life after a stressed-out career in the business world led me to seek a more nourishing life. I found the answer in a signora’s kitchen in Florence, and went on to formal culinary training at the Natural Gourmet Institute. Fast forward to becoming Executive Chef for the Food As Medicine professional nutrition training program, obtaining a Masters of Science degree in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University, and publishing my first science-based cookbook. A Culinary Translator was born!
Now I get to play nutrition detective and healthy cook to my heart’s delight, with my artist’s eye (I’m also a painter), flavor-loving taste buds and writer’s mind. And last but not least is another very special role I play, the one where I get to give back: founder and director of the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal in Bolinas, CA. HKI is an evolving platform dedicated to educating individuals and communities about the power of food as medicine and nourishment. What could be sweeter?