Born to parents who defrosted, Elana began cooking as a young child because the kitchen was the only place in the house her mother couldn’t find her. Elana’s sense of adventure and desire to know the unknown has led her to the rural pueblos of Latin America, the war-torn Middle East and the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.
Elana lived in Italy for nearly five years where she was captivated by the cooking sensibilities of the Italian mammas and has been learning from them ever since. This passion for authentic Italian food, however, was met by food sensitivities. Thus, for the past 15 years Elana has been pro-actively educating herself about the impact of food on the body and with that knowledge has created coveted recipes that relish the healthy and triumph in flavor.
Elana was recently voted LA’s Favorite Female Difference Maker by LOCALE Magazine and has appeared on Good Day LA, KCAL, KNBC and KTLA as an expert on healthy holiday cooking. She is a regular contributing writer for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and is the newly appointed Recipe Expert on Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen’s YouBeauty.com. Her recipes have appeared in the Huffington Post, on The Daily Meal, and in newspapers throughout the country.
Elana holds a B.A. from Brown University and a M.A. from Middlebury College in Florence, both in Italian Studies. She has written and performed stand-up comedy to Los Angeles audiences, spent 4 years teaching high school World History and has led experiential culinary vacations throughout the boot of Italy.