HAWMC: 5 Dinner Guests

For the month of April, I'm participating in the Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge from Wego Health. Each day I'll be writing a health-related post based on the HAWMC prompts, aiming to challenge myself as a writer and health activist. Thanks for following! The 5 people I'd love to have dinner with would also be cooking. Maybe this makes me a selfish dinner party hostess, but the people I've chosen would do a better job of dinner than I would!

[Thanks to photoshop, dreams do come true!]


  1. Yotam Ottolenghi - The London-based chef and food writer creates amazing dishes and combines flavors I never would have thought would work together. His vegetarian-by-accident cookbook Plenty is one of my favorites, and I've loved every meal I've had at his restaurants. The bright, fresh dishes with which his name is synonymous inspire me to think outside the box and experiment with my cooking. For this reason, I'd invite him to the head of the table!
  2. Mark Bittman - A trailblazer in the real foods movement, Bittman is also the author of my kitchen bible: How To Cook Everything. He's a regular contributor to the New York Times, cooks on The Today Show often, and creates simple recipes that are easy to follow and come out perfect every time. When I'm trying to remember the ingredients or method of a basic dish, Bittman comes to the rescue. He'd definitely be invited to my dream dinner party.
  3. Mollie Katzen - Mollie's the author of the much beloved Moosewood Cookbook, which is full of both practical and beautiful vegetarian recipes as well as her fantastic handwriting and illustrations. Her equally brilliant The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without means you never need wonder what to do with the contents of your veg box again. Never mind the fact that we share a name - it only makes me love her more. I'd love it if she could join this meal.
  4. Heidi Swanson - The woman behind one of the most read food blogs in existence, 101 Cookbooks, as well as the author of two fabulous wholesome cookbooks, she's been an inspiring force for me ever since I began The Particular Kitchen. Her recipes leave me green with envy that she's Northern California-based. No other food blogger has made me miss California avocados as much as Heidi. I'd invite her to dinner with the caveat that her dish offering must feature avocados.
  5. Jamie Oliver - While the other names on this list may not be all that recognizable, here's one that certainly is. I have a lot of time for Jamie Oliver - whether it's his campaign for healthier school lunches, his colorful Italian restaurants, his cooking schools, or his inspiring TV programs (Jamie at Home being my personal favorite), I stand by the guy. People may hate him for stepping in on their turf to stop the obesity madness, but at least he's doing something about it. I'd love to talk to this inspiring individual and ask him - how does he do it all?