Cybele Pascal is the best-selling author of The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook, The Allergen-Free Bakers Handbook (Martha Stewart’s #1 book pick for her show 2010), and Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking (Random House, 2012). She is the mother of two children with food allergies, and has food allergies herself. As a Celebrity Ambassador Who Cares for FAAN (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network), the Food Editor of Allergic Living Magazine, with her award-winning cookbooks, multiple National TV appearances, and regular columns on AOL, GAIAM, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living and Oxygen, Cybele is the leading lifestyle expert on living and eating well with food allergies. She is often cited as the pioneer of Allergen-Free Cuisine.
Cybele’s lifelong passion for cooking and food history began when she was growing up on Cape Cod, in a family of notoriously excellent cooks who used the organic produce from their garden to prepare delicious and wholesome meals. “Sustainable Cuisine” was a family way of life and a tenet she continues to practice in her inventive and healthy recipes today.
As a young child, Cybele was taught to cook by her grandmother, who became a superlative home chef during her many years living in Italy. Cybele believes that recipes are a form of heritage, and over the years she has learned to cook dishes handed down from her Southern ancestors, as well as her Eastern European great-grandmother, a famously gifted and enthusiastic cook who reputedly spent so much time at the oven she could lift out hot casseroles with her bare hands.
In addition to recipes she learned to prepare from her family and during her fifteen years spent working in restaurants, Cybele is constantly expanding her repertoire. She has traveled the world extensively, making local food the focus of her trips. Food is her passion, and cooking fresh, delicious and healthy meals for her family and friends is a daily pleasure.
When her son was diagnosed with severe food allergies in 2002, Cybele learned about allergen-free cooking and made it a priority to transform this cuisine into a delicacy.
In addition to her culinary work, Cybele is also an award-winning playwright and writer. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and an Artists Diploma in Playwriting from the Juilliard School.
Cybele lives in Los Angeles with her food-allergic family: husband Adam, sons Lennon and Monte, and their dogs Izzie and Carly (who also has food allergies).
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