I’ve worked as the pastry chef at a gluten-free restaurant and as a culinary instructor and lecturer, but the plan was always to start a private chef business. These days I make my living cooking for individuals and families in and around Los Angeles who have dietary restrictions and/or serious health issues, and when I’m not cooking for my clients I love to dream up new recipes in my own kitchen. All the content that you see here on the blog – from recipes to photographs – is developed at home, by me.
My recipes are 100% gluten-free, often paleo/primal, and tested multiple times to make sure they’re delicious and reliable. I don’t use any soy in my cooking except for organic miso paste and the occasional splash of gluten-free tamari, and many of my recipes are plant-based and easily modified to be vegan. I prefer to use produce that’s in season and my pantry is stocked with a wide array of ingredients from around the globe. I like to play with unexpected herb and spice combinations from different cuisines (fusion street tacos are my jam), and I never shy away from bold seasoning. My food may be free of gluten, but it’s packed with flavor.
People typically choose a side in the culinary world – you’re either on Team Baking or Team Savory Cooking – but I happen to love doing both so you’ll find a good balance of savory and sweet dishes to satisfy any appetite! Whether you’re a gluten-eater or gluten-free, kitchen newbie or an old pro, vegan or omnivore, I’ve got something for you and I’m glad you’re here. I want you to enjoy the content, and I welcome your feedback. Comment on recipes, interact with me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or e-mail me directly with questions at goodhealthgourmet[at]gmail[dot]com. I’d love to hear from you.
I’ll leave you with some random facts about me…
▪︎ I’m part urban city girl and part granola hippie chick, a bookworm, and a total food geek.
▪︎ I always listen to music in the kitchen, and often end up dancing while I cook.
▪︎ Sydney, Australia is my favorite city on the planet.
▪︎ My childhood family nickname was Marnie Meatball (don’t ask).
▪︎ I always show up early.
▪︎ I do the NY Times crossword puzzle every day, and always in ink.
▪︎ I love shoes, but hate wearing them.
▪︎ I grew up in NJ and I’ve lived in NYC, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Diego.
▪︎ I have two rescue cats named Sophie and Sasha.
▪︎ A few years ago I developed an allergy to eggplant, but I’ll still cook it for other people on occasion.
▪︎ I believe that random acts of kindness are good for the soul.