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Phoebe Lapine

Meet the gluten-free chef who’s obsessed with the sweet spot where health and hedonism intersect

When Phoebe Lapine started blogging almost a decade ago, it was to inspire her peers—fellow twentysomethings—to get in the kitchen and start cooking. But then she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and it took a few years for her focus on health to catch up with how she ate. Cut to today, where she works as a chef, instructor and speaker, runs the wildly successful gluten-free blog Feed Me Phoebe, and recently penned the funny, inspiring book, The Wellness Project: How I Learned to Do Right by My Body Without Giving Up My Life. “I’m obsessed with the sweet spot where health and hedonism intersect,” she says, “in the kitchen and beyond. And I want to help others find it too.”

On a kitchen hack she swears by. “I always use a bowl for veggie scraps when prepping my meals for the week. All the onion skins, herb stems, carrot peelings, etc. then get added to a bag in the freezer. Once a month I use it to make a delicious recycled veggie stock.”

On her ideal day in New York. “It includes a tremendous amount of walking! Top three places to stroll through: Brooklyn Bridge Park (and over the bridge), the High Line, Central Park. A visit to one of these three museums on the way: the Whitney, MOMA or the Met. Then lunch at Dimes, a sweet treat at Little Cupcake Bakeshop, and back to Brooklyn for dinner at Vinegar Hill House.”

On the best piece of advice she’s ever received. “When you think you’re nervous, remember that you’re actually excited.”

On the one thing nobody knows about her. “I have an orange phobia :) The fruit, not the color!”