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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 Elizabeth Taylor, Pierce Brosnan, and Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck, as well as many other major figures in the worlds of entertainment and sports. He has appeared on numerous TV shows, has been profiled in People Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the Robb Report, and he writes a monthly column for Better Nutrition Magazine. On weekends, he takes great pleasure in being a marine mammal rescue volunteer. He resides in Burbank, where he tends to an extensive organic garden and hangs out with his faithful pound-pup Pearl. Check out his website at

Entries by Neil Zevnik

Southern Italian Food: Why You Need It In Your Kitchen Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2016 | 12:11 PM


The multitudinous benefits of the "Mediterranean Diet" are pretty much well-known and documented these days, and there is no better example of this healthy way of living than the cuisines of Southern Italy. From the seafood-stocked shores of Campania to the...

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Everything Old Is New Again: Why You Want to Eat Heirlooms

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 2:51 PM

Some of my earliest (and happiest) memories of childhood are associated with the huge vegetable garden that sprawled at the back of our property. What would now be known as a trendy suburban "market garden" was just a fact of life for us. We each had our "specialty" - my...

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And The Bees Made More Than Just Honey

(3) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 12:48 PM


Introducing The Heroes. Honey bees have been working their alchemical magic for over 8,000 years, transforming flower nectar into the sweetness that is honey. Since ancient times, that syrupy goodness has been used for culinary, medicinal, and spiritual purposes across a...

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Try Thai: What You Need To Know

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 12:35 PM


Have you ever noticed how certain cuisines, in their philosophies and primary components, are innately more healthy than others?

This is especially true of the classic cuisine of Thailand. The pursuit of harmony and balance, the preponderance of grains and vegetables and...

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Hereby Resolved: This Year I Will Compost

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 3:59 PM

Now that it's time to start making up those perennial lists of resolutions for the New Year, may I urge you to add this throwback one to your list?

I remember as a kid, my Dad would heap all the gathered leaves and grass clippings and various yard stuff,...

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Farmers Market Crawl: Must-Know Strategies for Summer Fun

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 3:49 PM


Thankfully, it's that time of year when your local farmers market is beginning to be filled to bursting with the most glorious produce imaginable, with baskets and bins and bowls offering a dizzying display of seasonal delights.

But all that abundance can be...

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Tools of the Trade: What You Really Need in Your Kitchen

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 4:47 PM

As you stroll through your local mall, you may someday be tempted by the siren call of such seductive purveyors of kitchenware as Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table. Heck, even the housewares section of your favorite Target will beckon and whisper nowadays. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here! Your...

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Crock Pot Love: What You Need to Know About Slow Cooking

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 11:02 AM


Slow cooking at low temperatures has been around for a long time in many forms, from pit-roasted whole pigs in Samoa to sand-pit clambakes in New England.

But you don't need a tropical back yard or a private beach to enjoy this...

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The Humane Omnivore: An Oxymoron?

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 5:08 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 | 4:57 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 | 2:48 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 | 3:26 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 | 6:37 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 | 4:59 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 | 8:26 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 | 3:05 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 | 1:33 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 | 5:17 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 | 7:30 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 | 10:41 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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