It’s hard to talk about Elise Bergman without using the word cool, because she really is one of the coolest women I know. She’s got that kind of style that’s impossible to replicate, because it really just comes naturally to her. She knows exactly how to mix her own designs with her mother’s vintage and how to create the most perfect beach-wave meets “I just had sex” hair without even trying. And fashion aside, she’s a whiz in the kitchen. I once had a completely raw, plant-based meal at her home that would have taken me a week to prepare. She served it up like it was nothing. And I still think back to the Christmas when she made me a homemade, all-natural body scrub. And then, I found out that she teaches and is also a musician…so there’s basically nothing she can’t do. Here’s to the multi-talented and very cool Elise Bergman, the latest Babe In Plantland. I’m proud to call her my friend.
Name: Elise Bergman
Relationship Status (with plants): In an open relationship. The majority of the food I eat and prepare is vegetable- and whole-grain based and a good percentage of it is raw. While I don’t adhere to a strictly vegan or plant-based diet, I always aim to eat good, healthy, clean foods.
Turn ons: A colorful plate. After thinking about how delicious, well-balanced, and nourishing a meal is, it is important to me that the plate looks beautiful. I find a meal to be way more satisfying if it has more than one or two colors.
Turn offs: Picky eaters. Even though I eat in a very specific way most of the time, I want to be open to trying new things. I also don’t want to put restrictions on friends or family, so I tend to eat what they put in front of me. There is so much potential to be amazed by something new and delicious.
Favorite cookbook: How to Cook Everything and/or How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. I completely trust Mark Bittman when it comes to looking for the most basic way to prepare a classic dish. I recently learned that Bittman is lactose intolerant, which explains why a lot of the recipes in the vegetarian version of the book also offer vegan recipe alternatives. This is great if you’re trying to go easy on the dairy.
If you had a million dollars, what kitchen appliance you would buy for everyone you know: My most used kitchen appliance is probably my Cusinart food processor. My favorite specialty kitchen appliance is my Excalibur dehydrator. My most coveted kitchen appliance is a Vitamix blender. One of each for all my foodie friends.
Go-to dish at home with 5 ingredients or less: Sweet potato, kale, and mushroom tacos. I could–and quite possibly do–eat these at least once a week. Delicious!
Favorite music to cook to: Little Joy seems to make its way to my record player most regularly during meal prep.
What restaurants do you want to see offer more plant-based dishes? Tell me in the comments!