Bite of Life on the West Coast

Food photographer and cookbook author Erin Scott lives life in tune with her body, her family, nature—and fresh, delicious food in Berkeley, California.


| March/April 2015


For Erin Scott, home, family and happiness have always revolved around food. Erin was born in Wisconsin but moved to Seattle as a toddler and has been a true West Coaster ever since. Moving from Seattle to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, then to Berkeley, California, as a teenager, Erin fell in love with the beauty of nature all around her, and she incorporates that passion into her everyday life. Growing up, Erin says, “Cooking with my family was the anchor of our family life. Our happiness and fun revolved around food, cooking and eating.”

Yummy Supper Recipes

Bolinas Crab Pasta
Buckwheat Zucchini Muffins
Mixed Grains Recipe
Citrus, Fennel & Pistachio Salad

When Erin was diagnosed with celiac disease—a digestive disorder triggered by gluten, a bundle of proteins in wheat, barley and rye—in 2008, her world turned upside down. Worried this would dramatically change her eating habits, Erin thought, “My whole life revolves around food. What am I going to do without [gluten]?” It wasn’t until her husband, Paul, suggested they tear up the backyard and turn it into an edible garden that she found peace with her diagnosis. Looking out into her garden, she says, “I had an epiphany—this is all gluten-free!” While the idea of eating gluten-free seemed daunting at first, very few foods actually contain gluten, Erin says, listing wheat, barley and rye, and, of course, many processed foods (“but those are good to get rid of anyway”). “Just think of how many foods you have left!”

Erin’s successful blog, Yummy Supper, started as a happy accident. After her diagnosis, she wanted to find new food inspiration. “I didn’t know what I was getting into,” she says. “I just thought it would be a good forum for sharing recipes and food experiences with friends.” By surrounding herself with positive food experiences, her own and her friends’, Erin has been able to flourish as a gluten-free cook and food photographer. “I was inspired by my new dietary limitations and just wanted to cook things all my friends were going to want to eat regardless of whether it had gluten.” Forgoing gluten-based foods, Erin says, pushes her to be more creative. “In the end, it turned out to be this crazy gift. I cook for myself, my health and for pleasure.”

Years after being diagnosed with celiac disease, today Erin proudly says, “I have reclaimed my kitchen.”

The Reclaimed Kitchen

Erin describes her cooking style as loose, improvisational and simple. She calls herself an “ingredients-inspired cook”—even the recipes on her blog are organized by ingredient, not just type of meal. “I look out into my garden and say, ‘Oh, what’s sprouting today?’” she says. “Then I figure out what to do with it.”





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