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Five Questions with Sewickley Academy Alumna, the Skinny Chef!

skinny-chefSewickley Academy alumna Jennifer Iserloh '90, most widely known as the Skinny Chef, has built a booming culinary business around her passion for food and healthy living. As a trained chef, author, and health expert, Jennifer has created thousands of delicious recipes, articles, and blog posts for TV, print, and web publications including The Today Show, Living Well With Montel, SELF, Prevention, In Style, People, First For Women, AOL KitchenDaily, and LiveStrong. In addition to her own books, Secrets of a Skinny Chef (Rodale, 2010), Yoga Body Diet (Rodale, 2010) and Active Calorie Diet (2011), she was also the recipe developer for Jessica Seinfeld’s Double Delicious (2010) and Deceptively Delicious (2007), as well as Joy Bauer’s Food Cures (2007).

The Skinny Chef has also just published a new book - 50 Shades of Kale - and will be seen on the Food Network's show, Chopped, on Thursday, October 25, at 7 pm (EST), and Saturday, October 27, at 12 pm (EST)!

Check out what the Skinny Chef shared with the Sewickley Academy community in this five-question interview:

What are you looking most forward to these days?

My work is my passion, and I never get tired of writing or learning about health and food. I ususally write two to three books a year, and I love the feeling of starting a new project. Since the success of 50 Shades of Kale hitting #1 in the veggie category on Amazon, I'll be doing a comprehensive volume on super foods that teaches people innovative ways to make them taste amazing.

Where have you most recently found inspiration?

I recently attended the 2012 Star Chefs Congress where I met Chef Gerard Bertholon, who is a sous vide expert. I will be getting my sous vide certification in March. I'm so excited because it's the equipment that all the cutting edge chefs in the New York City restaurant scene use.

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Chocolate Chip Kale Cookies from 50
Shades of Kale

What inspired you to write 50 Shades of Kale?

My co-author, the brilliant Dr. Drew, is an expert on mood food, and he thinks kale is one of the greatest vegetables on earth because it has potent compounds that effect brain chemistry and boost your body's enery levels. He said jokingly one day that we should use the title, and I was immediately hooked!

What other projects are you working on at the moment?

I'm currently writing a new blog on Epicurious where I share tips on gourmet healthy eating: http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/blogs/editor/jennifer-iserloh/index.html

What healthy eating/life advice can you give the SA community for the 2012-13 school year?

Besides getting your kale on, share delicious healthy fare with family and friends, and find good things to laugh about every day. If you're looking to ramp up nutrition, superfoods will super charge your lifestyle.  Here are my picks for the top everyday superfoods: http://skinnychef.com/recipes/10-everyday-superfoods

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