Elissa Altman

Elissa Altman

Elissa Altman is the author of, most recently, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing; Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw; and Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, and won a James Beard Award for the narrative blog of the same name. When she is not writing or cooking, she practices Insight Meditation from her home in New England. You can find more about her at ElissaAltman.com

Recent Articles

Simply Satisfying

Simply Satisfying

Forget the complexities of "haute cuisine." Sometimes a simple, homey ingredient, fresh andwell-prepared, is what Elissa Altman craves.

Be Grateful for the Weeds

Shunyru Suzuki Roshi said “Be grateful for the weeds you have in your mind, because eventually they will enrich your practice." Elissa Altman describes how the same goes for your salad.

The Lesson of Broken Eggs

There are no ordinary eggs, says Elissa Altman, and when treated with respect and care, they just might be the world’s most mundane, perfect food.

Transcending Time with Umeboshi

Elissa Altman shares the story of "Grandma's Ghost," a 30-year-old Japanese <em>umeboshi</em> plum, and the healing it brought in this difficult time.

Bread of Life

Making bread requires the acceptance of both the imperfect and the impermanent, says Elissa Altman. She shares her thoughts on the meditative process of bread making and a recipe for a bloomer loaf.

Meals That Heal the Heart

Her parents’ divorce meant angry mealtimes, but Elissa Altman found her way back to a nurturing table. She shares her tips on preparing and enjoying meals that heal yourself and others.