Extraordinary Folks in Food- Elana Amsterdam

I’m really excited to share a new weekly series on Extraordinary Folks in Food.  These are people I know or have read and think that they make great contributions to the food world.  I’ve sent a list of questions to each and they have chosen which ones to answer.  I’ve shared their answers below so you can get to know them a little better.

This week I’d like to share with you Elana Amsterdam who writes the food blog Elana’s Pantry.  She has also written two cookbooks, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour due out in April of this year.  We love the recipes in her first book and can’t wait for the second.

Come back at the end of the week for a twist on one of her recipes and a chance to win an autographed copy of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.


Name : Elana Amsterdam

Business and or blog name: Elana’s Pantry

URL: elanaspantry.com

Location: Boulder

Focus of blog or business: healthy organic food

Social Media I play in: Facebook/twitter @elanaspantry

I started my blog in the month and year: 2006

Training/education I received: BA in History, Columbia College, Columbia University

My favorite healthy food: almonds

My favorite snack food: almonds

My top 3 healthiest foods I love to eat or recommend: almonds, kale, blueberries

Childhood ambition: to be a “business person”

My favorite cookbook: Joy of Cooking

Favorite activity: Walking

Favorite thing to cook: Anything.

Favorite kitchen tool: My hands

Favorite exercise: Walking

What I you do to treat myself: Walking

What I do to feel at peace: Walking

Craziest thing I’ve ever done: Skydiving

Books I’ve written: The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook, Gluten Free Cupcakes

, ,

15 Responses to Extraordinary Folks in Food- Elana Amsterdam

  1. Ricki February 23, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    This is such a great idea, Diane. And I definitely share Elana's love of almonds (and kale!). 🙂

    • Diane Eblin February 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      Ricki I'm with you both. Almonds and Kale!

  2. Alisa Fleming February 23, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    So I suppose a 10 lb bag of organic almonds is the perfect gift for Elana! Thanks for sharing this Diane!

    • Diane Eblin February 23, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

      Alisa is that something I'll have to check when traveling by airplane or can I carry that on?

  3. Valerie@CityLifeEats February 23, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    I love Elana's recipes. I started baking with almond flour back in December and have been a fan ever since. I totally share Elana's love for almonds and kale 🙂

    • Diane Eblin February 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

      Valerie I'm with you on loving baking with almond flour. I love Elana's recipes because they are short and easy to follow. I'm not good at following directions but I don't seem to have any problems with hers!

  4. Shirley @ gfe February 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    I love Elana! Thanks for sharing her with us so we could get to know her better, Diane! I think we all would have been shocked if she'd said her favorite healthy and snack foods were anything other than almonds. LOL The almond industry owes her a huge, huge debt of gratitude for getting us all on board the almond "train." 😉


    • Diane Eblin February 23, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

      Shirley you are so right. I used to snack on them once in awhile but I didn't cook and bake with them like I do now. I can't believe what I was missing. What's your favorite Elana recipe?

  5. Iris February 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    Very fun! It was really interesting to see what Elana's answers were, and I'm excited to see who you've got coming up in future installments.

    • Diane Eblin February 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

      Iris it will a fun weekly event! Everyone will just have to keep checking back to see.

  6. Lisa February 23, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    I love Elana too! Her recipes are awesome!

    • Diane Eblin February 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      Lisa what is your favorite Elana recipe?

  7. Brandon March 2, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    I LOVE Elana! Thank you for posting this! 🙂

  8. Liz March 4, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Great new series, always fun to learn more about the folks whose recipes you use! Thanks!

  9. glutenfreeforgood March 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Hmmm? I thought I commented on this. I read every word when you published this post, but I was just snooping around (procrastinating) and catching up on things over here at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang and saw that my thoughts weren't telepathically published into the comment box. This is called "doing too many things at once." Maybe my comment had so many grammatical errors in it that you were saving me from embarrassment by not approving it. If so, thank you. Otherwise, I'll rethink it, type it out and actually push "submit comment" this time.

    I bought Elana's cookbook when it first came out and love the idea of using almond flour. She has great recipes and they're healthy, which I love. Great combo. Good taste and good health!