I’m Jacqueline. I write, I bake with alternative ingredients, I cook in someone’s kitchen, and occasionally I talk to a camera while making food.
Since the age of 12 I’ve lived with Lyme Disease, and it has shaped my relationship with food since the day I saw my first nutritionist, who gently guided my body into healing itself. I use food as medicine, yoga and meditation as magic, and honest self-reflection to keep my life in balance and my illness at bay. I need to surround myself with people who are creative, hard-working, genuine and humble, so that my body doesn’t take on stress and result in ways that halt my quality of living. I’m an over-worker and an over-stresser, so depending on the day you may meet a calm-spirited hippie or a neurotic overachiever. I am aware of what I put into my body but do not “diet”, as food is my friend. Life’s all about the balance, folks.
I love food. I don’t see my allergies as banners to be waved around. I dislike trends. I respect chefs. I speak politely with servers.
Because of all this, my work is about words, and food, and art.
I now write/recipe/research for Easy Eats magazine and interview some insanely inspiring chefs for Serious Eats NY, and freelance on various projects with the incredible photographer Brent Herrig. I also spend 40-70 hours a week cooking as a private chef. I’m tired, and do the whole count-your-blessings mantra-thing daily.
I live in NYC by the Hudson River with my dog, Mitra (who has a horrible addiction to prosciutto and sheep cheese, bless her tiny heart) and many pieces of cooking equipment of formidable weight.
Wishing you peace, love and a sweet, sweet life,
Oh! And why Dusty? Come into my kitchen and watch me bake. Nuff said.
I’d love to hear from you!