What's your cooking personality?
After many years working with clients, Alma has identified some recurring themes in what keep many people from cooking. See if you can find yourself in any of the cooking personalities she’s identified….
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Alma’s book, Take Back the Kitchen: Identify and Own Your Cooking Personality Type and Get Cooking! does something ordinary cookbooks ignore; it delves into WHY people struggle in the kitchen, provides insight and solutions….
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Alma is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Cooking Coach and founder of Take Back the Kitchen, which is dedicated to helping people recognize and overcome the common and unique….
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Alma has been a guest columnist and interviewee for numerous publications including NY Times, Wall Street Journal and Reader’s Digest. She has also appeared on the Today Show, TV Land and various other programs….

Alma's Latest Posts

Food, Love and Psoriasis? Yes, There is a Connection!

Hi everyone! I know you probably don’t want to think about psoriasis on a cooking blog but sometimes we have to go to “places” we’d rather not in order to move forward. I met an author recently who has written about the connection between whole foods and curing her psoriasis and who am I not to share? Food and Love: The most powerful nourishment on this planet today! For 21 years I’ve struggled with an auto-immune

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Cooking to Avoid Depression? Maybe!

Hi everyone, We are at a time in history where some people are thrilled and some are devastated. I thought it only fitting that we discuss depression and cooking with my guest blogger, Rocky Detwiler, who saved himself from homelessness and depression by taking care of himself through healthy living. Depression is a killer when you want to eat healthy and get fit. When you are feeling down about anything in your life, especially about

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Celebrating MLK with Southern Food

Hi everyone, Today is Martin Luther King’s birthday and as such, I think it only fitting to supply you  with a Southern recipe since his favorite foods were Southern, specifically Fried chicken and pecan pie according to certain sources. MLK was my first hero. I remember feeling impassioned to “do” by his bravery and dedication to help others. When I learned about him in the early seventies, it seemed that the blow of his death

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Acorn Squash Soup

Hi everyone and happy new year!!! I have one thing to say: SOUP! It’s getting cold, we want to get healthy after all that nasty holiday food (actually it was pretty damn good) so fill up on some hearty soup! This just requires a few ingredients and some spices, all of which you need to have in your pantry. Enjoy! Savory Fall Squash Soup: 5 cups roasted squash, acorn or butternut 4 cups vegetable or

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Ode to Brian-Happy Birthday!

Hi everyone! Brian and I just ate a huge and delicious meal to celebrate. Please join me in wishing my wonderful husband Brian a very happy birthday. Indulge me by listening to a little story. A story about Gustavo. When I had my first child, I attended a new mom’s support group  at the 14h Street YMHA when my baby turned 6 weeks old. It was such a pleasure to be able to vent about

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