Moodi Foodi Chef : Ellie Krieger
“I love cooking a big pot, like stews and soups, because you can change them as you go easily. I just find it very freeform. Oh, I’ll make a chili. I have half of a cup of corn in the refrigerator. I’ll throw that in. I just feel like it’s fun… there’s a lot of room to play.”
Host of the The Food Network’s hit show “Healthy Appetite,” now airing on The Cooking Channel, Ellie’s warmth and charisma have made her the leading go-to nutritionist in the media today. Krieger’s success can be attributed to her unique way of offering real life advice without any of the gimmicks and crash diets that permeate the media today. She reaches people with her message that it is possible for anyone, given the tools and knowledge, to live life to the maximum by keeping a healthy balance and nurturing a richly satisfying and sumptuous, attainable lifestyle.
Ellie’s 2005 book Small Changes Big Results was a how-to on easy-to-live-with habit changes that yield optimal results. Ellie’s second book, The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life, was an immediate New York Times bestseller, peaking at #2 on that list. In addition to being named to Amazon’s Customer Bestseller List for 2008, The Food You Crave won the 2009 IACP Cookbook award and the esteemed 2009 James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Cookbook with a Healthy Focus.” Her next book So Easy: Luscious Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week, also became an instant New York Times bestseller. Her latest book, Comfort Food Fix: Feel Good Favorites Made Healthy, available in October 2011 and is a collection of healthy versions of comfort food classics.
A registered dietitian, Ellie has a master’s degree in nutrition from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and completed her undergraduate degree at Cornell University. Ellie was an adjunct professor at New York University in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. In her years in private practice, she counseled a variety of clients, from homemakers and CEOs to notable celebrities.
Today, Ellie’s extensive work in the media has earned her a loyal following and national recognition. She speaks regularly at high profile events around the country and has appeared as a guest expert on dozens of national television programs including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, Live with Regis & Kelly, CNN, CNN HLN’s Morning Express, ABC News Now and Dr. Oz. Additionally, Ellie is a contributing editor and columnist with Fine Cooking magazine and the Food Network magazine. She has appeared in countless other mainstream publications including People, USA Weekend, Self, Women’s Health, Fitness, Better Homes & Gardens, Reader’s Digest, Real Simple, More, Health, Parenting, Cooking Light, First and Prevention.
Ellie has been at the forefront of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign from the beginning when Mrs. Obama’s team personally invited her head up a nutrition education initiative at the “Healthy Kids Fair” at the White House in 2010. Ellie prepared a colorful array of fresh fruits and vegetables in the White House kitchen and challenged dozens of children from the community to “eat the rainbow” in produce every day; a simple and easy way to engage children in a healthier lifestyle. Ellie also participated in harvesting the White House garden with a group of school children as part of the Chef’s Move to Schools launch. She has teamed up with New York City SchoolFood where she created healthy, delicious menu items for students citywide. And she works at a grass roots level with her daughter’s New York City public school, having formed the Wellness Committee there. In 2010 on behalf of the Food Network, Ellie testified before the House Committee on Agriculture about nutrition, healthy eating and the growing epidemic of childhood obesity.
Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy