Meet the Chef

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Elizabeth Allen (Mama) is the chief cook and bottle washer for her family of three. She lives in a small town in Ontario, Canada. Mama has always been into cooking, but she never liked having to do it. Nonetheless, she acknowledges that somebody’s gotta be the cook and, in her family, it’s going to be her.  Mama does many different things: technical writing, collecting cookbooks, glass art, theatre, and now, blogging. Years ago, she lived at a Zen Buddhist monastery for four years and was ordained as a Novice. In 2012, she discovered that eating wheat gave her migraines and a host of other unpleasant symptoms. Now, she is attempting to live gluten-free and applying her scientific mind to figuring out just what the heck is going on with food these days. Join Mama on her journey to become a better tenzo (head chef) for her family. It promises to be a fun, challenging, and likely surprising journey.