ABQ, NM 87108
I'm so glad you're here!
I’m passionate about helping you live your most vibrant life! Mrs. Pleasant was a nickname that my parents gave me as a baby and in some way has always stuck. What started with one cookbook and a need to get healthier inside and out has grown into a business. I've been in love with cooking healthy energizing food for as long as I can remember. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, and grew up surrounded by art and music; nurtured by my family, and propelled by my innate need to create. After spending my whole life on the east coast (I still love you BK + Philly), I now live in the beautiful high desert and expansive skies of New Mexico.
I believe food is medicine. My focus is on turning your kitchen from a place of anxiety and frustration, into a healing, loving environment. Cooking can be your daily meditative practice. Heal yourself from the inside out.
>1979-The nickname "Mrs. Pleasant" is coined.
> 1982-1991- My time is filled with lots of laughing, love and creativity. I'm exposed to the food landscape outside my suburban town from Philly's chinatown through the south.
> 1994-I discover thrift stores and flea markets. Herein begins my love of vintage.
>The combination of not knowing how to cook paired with an underlying unhappiness/teen angst equals emotional eating of carbs and processed soy meat. I put on 30 pounds and weigh my heaviest at 140. It's noticeable on my 5'2 frame.
> 1996-97 I spend the summer of my 16th birthday out west in Colorado. I immediately feel a connection with the openness of the west. A classmate gives me a tape of Ani Difranco's first album. My mind is blown. My dad turns me onto Wayne Dyer, life will never be the same. I start singing and writing. Outside of visual art, these are my favorite forms of expression. I slowly start adding exercise to my week.
> I buy Molly Katzen's Moosewood Cookbook and dive into teaching myself how to cook. I immediately fall in love with the creation of food, and the joy it brings.
> 2004-2008 I Move from Philly to Brooklyn NY and get deeper into my love of healthy cooking and start exploring the wonderful world of raw vegan food.
2012> I enroll at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become a certified holistic wellness coach and my food journey gets crystal clear. I'm able to combine my love of healthy eating, connection and teaching cooking classes into one amazing package.
> I go on a cross country road trip to Santa Fe and instantly fall in love with the New Mexican sky.
"Wow!!! What a fantastic night!! So excited to speak about a chef that put so much love and expertise in a meal! She is a 5 star chef and so knowledgeable about healthy cooking! She is kind and very professional and just really made our trip to Santa Fe relaxing! If you are ever in Santa Fe I would definitely give her a call-just an incredible experience"
-Wendi P, Dallas, TX
"Emily's teaching exceeded all my expectations. She arrived punctually, well-prepared, and brimming with cheerful, well-informed advice that allowed me to gain far more confidence with my efforts in the kitchen! I highly recommend her! I couldn't have been happier. "
- Eric N, Beacon, NY
“She listens to the wants & needs of her clients. The value of what Emily's services provide are incredible. I wholeheartedly recommend Emily. ”
— Adina S, Phila PA
"I deeply appreciate all you have done for us. You helped me to begin eating real food again, and for that I am extremely grateful."
-Lee W, NY NY
"She is a ray of sunshine in my kitchen of confusion. I recently switched to a vegetarian diet and Emily gave me a lot of tips for how to cook with plenty of protein and variation. The conversation lasted 50 minutes and was absolutely PACKED with substance. I took a ton of notes and I'm looking forward to cooking the recipes that she's sending me during our next session. "
— Katrina M, Santa Fe NM
"Emily brings knowledge and experience to everything that she does. She's great at helping you make a change in your lifestyle without feeling overwhelmed. Her cooking parties are educational, fun and filling! Making the change to a healthier you is a wonderful experience when Emily is involved."
— Mari Angela S, Phila PA
"Emily is absolutely delightful and caring. Her cooking is very tasty. She is a great communicator. I follow a low FODMAP diet due to my IBS, Celiac (gluten allergy) and lactose intolerance so I'm not the easiest to work with. She did a great job purchasing the highest quality and all organic ingredients. Whenever she was in doubt, she consulted with me unlike other chefs I worked with in the past. I would highly recommend her services. She is great all around. "
— Monika N, NY NY