I’m the cook and researcher who started Cook for Good in the summer of 2007. My background in project management and procedures writing helps me write and test recipes and optimize the shopping lists and cooking plans. My book, Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet—all on $5 a Day or Less, was published by Da Capo Press in June 2011. I star in and helped create the Wildly Good Cook videos that cover the key concepts in my book. I write about healthy, affordable eating for The Huffington Post. You’ll also find me writing for the Organic Trade Association, EcoBonus, and as a featured blogger on GoodVeg and DrGreene.com.
I teach classes and give talks at a wide range of venues, from the Share Our Strength’s national Conference of Leaders to SAS Institute, from Whole Foods to food banks, from Slow Food groups and co-ops to colleges, clinics, and businesses. I give cooking demonstrations at farmers’ markets and speak to groups who are interested in cooking great food, controlling expenses, losing weight, raising healthy children, fighting hunger, or reducing their impact on the planet. (All clean as well as delicious. I scored 100% on the ServSafe manager training test.) The exciting part about the Cook for Good lifestyle is that you can focus on one of those goals and create lots of other goodness as side effects.
I live in Raleigh, North Carolina, with my husband Bruce. I’ve had an odd but thrilling career so far, including developing a top-secret expert system for the Institute for Defense Analyses, working with Tom Clancy and Douglas Adams on computer games, riding the dot-com wave with Egarden.com, and being the director of my county political party and the Raleigh Independent Business Alliance. As Garrison Keillor says, you can do anything with an English degree!