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Neil Zevnik
Neil Zevnik is a private chef based in Los Angeles who is devoted to the proposition that “healthy” doesn’t have to mean “ho-hum”. His client list includes the famous and the not-so, among them Elizabeth Taylor, Pierce Brosnan, and the owners of the L.A. Dodgers. He has appeared on numerous TV shows, has been profiled in People Magazine and the Los Angeles Times, and writes a monthly column for Better Nutrition Magazine. On weekends, he takes great pleasure in being a marine mammal rescue volunteer. His passionate (some would say obsessive) hobby is collecting vintage costume jewelry, and he has possibly one of the largest and most wide-ranging collections in the country. He resides in Burbank, where he tends to an extensive organic garden and hangs out with his faithful pound-pup Jane. Check out his website at

Entries by Neil Zevnik

The Humane Omnivore: An Oxymoron?

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 6:08 PM


Let's just jump right into the deep end of the pool and tackle a topic that produces fevered debate and deeply emotional responses: Is it possible to consume animal protein and still lay claim to a modicum of concern for animal welfare? I...

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Take Your Time: Mindful Eating

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 5:57 PM


When was the last time you enjoyed a meal largely in silence, paying attention to what you were eating, savoring every nuance of the food, contemplating its origins and complexities and your reasons for consuming it? I'm guessing not recently, if at all....

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Life in the Slow Food Lane

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 3:48 PM



Do you make a weekly trip to the farmers market, seeking out the best and freshest local produce, honey, cheese, fish, and whatever else is available? Are you concerned that organic and sustainable practices inaugurated your foodstuffs? Is it important...

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Bullish for Bison

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 4:26 PM

We've all heard (and probably sung off-key) that classic American ditty, "Oh give me a home, Where the buffalo roam..." And perhaps your favorite uncle collects buffalo-head nickels. Only, that's not a buffalo -- it's a bison; it's all the result of a confusing French-to-English transliteration some 400 years ago....

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Gluten Free and Still Glorious

(3) Comments | Posted April 5, 2014 | 7:37 PM


Once upon a time, if you needed to stay gluten-free, your choice in flours for baking treats was limited to say the least. But times have changed, and definitely for the better in this regard -- a generous array of gluten-free flours is...

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Ancient Grains: Everything Old Is New Again

(6) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 5:59 PM


The Aztecs were so reliant on chia seeds, they not only utilized them as much as corn but delivered them as tribute. Spelt was sufficiently important to the Greeks and Romans that they gave it as an offering to their gods. Farro was...

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Seize the Season: Eat and Buy Locally

(4) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 9:26 AM

There was a time, not all that long ago relatively speaking, when "eating seasonally" was not a catch-phrase or a "food movement" or even a choice -- it was simply the way humans received their daily nourishment. Tender greens appeared in the spring, tomatoes and corn were abundant in the...

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Organic: Better? Sure. More Nutritious? Hmmmm

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 4:05 PM


Question: Are organic foods higher in nutritive values than conventionally-grown foods?

Answer: According to a widely-publicized recent study at Stanford University, probably not to any significant degree. Though several polls show that the majority of folks who regularly buy organic believe...

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Summer's Here -- Juice It Up!

(5) Comments | Posted June 23, 2013 | 2:33 PM

A recent trip to my favorite farmers market on a Sunday morning left me clutching an overladen shoulder sack filled to bursting with all manner of glorious fruits and veggies that had seduced me with their siren songs. "JUICE," I muttered to myself to justify my lack of self-control, "I'll...

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A Yard Sale With Celebrities and Heart

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 6:17 PM


Everybody loves a good yard sale. And when it involves a bunch of celebrities cleaning out their closets and cupboards to benefit a children's charity, it becomes a great yard sale! And thus we have Teri Hatcher's Third Annual Celebrity Yard Sale...

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Watching the Waistline in Winter

(10) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 8:30 AM

You open the front door to embark upon your regular morning run and are met with blowing snow and wailing wind -- your run is now a slog, and a short one. Dark has fallen long before dinnertime, and a lean chicken breast and steamed vegetables hold no allure --...

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Feast of the Seven Fishes: A Healthy Interpretation of an Italian Christmas Eve Tradition

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 11:41 AM


I remember quite clearly my first moment of awareness of this traditional Italian repast: a December cover article in Gourmet magazine, more years ago than I care to acknowledge, promising recipes for seemingly endless courses of piscatorial delight. But I never quite got around...

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Marvelous Melons: Making the Most of Summer

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 10:39 AM


First things first: you know that ubiquitous greenish-orange round melon covered in a curious netted pattern that we've been calling a cantaloupe ever since we could handle three-syllable words? It is actually correctly identified as a muskmelon, not that our moms had ever even...

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Back to Your Roots: Rediscovering Turnips and Rutabagas

(6) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 2:27 PM


Ask a random passerby when was the last time he or she had turnips, and you're likely to get one of the following responses: "Hmm-mm -- 1973?" or "Not since my mother made me eat them when I was six" or -- the...

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Forget The Gold -- Go For The Greens!

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 12:08 PM


If you've spent a New Years Day in the Deep South, then you know that nothing starts the year off right like a "mess o' greens." For luck and good fortune, you simply must have black-eyed peas and greens on the first day of...

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Strategies For Healthy Holiday Feasting

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 3:23 PM

Let me say right up front -- I am the last person to espouse a Grinch-like attitude toward the holidays. Christmas was always a huge deal in our household when I was growing up, and the delights of the table were front and center. Family and friends gathering together to...

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Organic Turkey? Check! Organic Veggies? Check! Organic Wine? Wait a Sec...

(10) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 2:38 PM


Now that the overwhelmingly gustative holiday season is nearly upon us, thoughts of turkeys and sweet potatoes and other culinary delights begin to intrude upon our everyday cogitations. Those of us who strive for a reasonable degree of environmental consciousness in our menu planning...

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De-Mystifying Whole Grains

(43) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 9:18 AM


By this time, we all pretty much know that we're supposed to be eating whole grains, and lots of them. But if you're anything like me, your notion of exactly what constitutes a "whole grain" (as opposed to what, a "partial grain"...

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Berry Good For You

(16) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 9:31 AM


Many more years ago than I care to acknowledge, when I was a wee nipper in rolled-up pants and short-sleeve shirts, my brother Brian and I used to look forward every spring to visiting a local patch of woods up the street in suburban...

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How Thai Food Is Good For You

(24) Comments | Posted June 21, 2011 | 9:41 AM


Feeling a little short on cash these days? Plant some ginger in your yard, it will guarantee prosperity. Or maybe you're apprehensive about dragons and serpents? A few stands of lemongrass around your home should effectively repel them. Looking to attract and hold onto...

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