Quest For Zest is my around-the-world cookbook series. I explore and backpack around a country, learning the local cuisine and authentic menu. I let my taste buds travel through countless market visits, street food tours, and cooking classes.
I then create my own vegan, gluten-free, health-conscious recipes inspired by the traditional eats. I do all of the recipe creations, cooking, food styling & photography, layout design & publishing. This cookbook series is a project of soul purpose and passion!
My hope is to raise more awareness around food culture, boost culinary creativity, and bring mindfulness around healthy eating and lifestyle.
Let your taste buds travel from the comfort of your home kitchen through my Quest For Zest cookbook series!
'Quest For Zest: Thailand' is the first book in my series. It was created while I was living 2.5 years on the island of Koh Phangan. I spent months exploring the local cuisine and then created my own variations. I enjoyed shopping from the local markets and making friends with the stall owners - learning about local fresh produce!
'Quest For Zest: Vietnam' is the second cookbook in my around-the-world recipe series! Backpacking solo from the north to the south of Vietnam, I got to explore local markets, go on street food tours, enjoy cooking classes, and immerse myself in the culture. It was a delicious trip of a lifetime! This is an un-PHO-gettable cookbook supporting a healthy, holistic lifestyle!
The recipes included in my cookbooks are inspired by traditional dishes, but with my vegan, gluten-free creativity and fusion! I incorporate culture, yoga lifestyle and my travel routes into the book.
My dream is to continue to add to the cookbook series - bridging gaps between cultures, visiting local markets, taking cooking classes, learning worldly cuisine, and improving my photography skills to serve you an unforgettable experience. I hope to make food education fun and bring a re-connection to our relationship with food, our Earth, our community, and our health.
Connection sparks healing - mind, body and spirit. Practicing mindfulness around food is a great place to start...
Your donations help sustain the creation of 'Quest For Zest'. I backpack on a budget, all monthly expenses under $1500.00usd. I am also working to upgrade my camera (after using the same one for 6 years). Any amount contributed can aid in funding a local meal, hostel room, cooking class, street food tour, etc. Your ripple of kindness expands to small farmers, local chefs, and people around the world as I continue to purpose this passion and soul-purpose project!
Thank you for your support.
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