Jenn Oliver is a Ph.D. research scientist, a freelance food and travel photographer and writer, and the author of the gluten free cooking blog, Jenn Cuisine. She is an associate editor at large for the print magazine Simply Gluten Free. On Google+, Jenn is a curator for the weekly food photography event, #foodfriday and a moderator of the Food Photography community. She is also a judge for the Food Styling and Photography Challenge run by Simone van den Berg of Jungle Frog Cooking. For more details, see below in the Press section.
I am an American 20-something Ph.D. scientist living in Suisse-Romande with a family I love and adore – my gluten free husband and our baby girl. I have a passion for cooking fresh, flavorful and exquisite tasting food that my husband can eat and we both can love. My goals are to empower and inspire you to be able to play in the kitchen, particularly if you are on the gluten free side of life and may feel a bit more challenged to find inspiration for flavorful satisfying dishes.
I grew up in southern New England with memories full of camping and hiking amidst a rainbow of color on the autumn hillsides, mountains of sparkly snowflakes in winter, and weekends walking along rocky beach coastlines in the summer. I moved to the Midwest for school, and there met my husband who changed my cooking life forever as I set out to make great tasting food that he could enjoy. My inquisitive nature quickly took over, and I found myself applying scientific principles to better understand alternative ingredients and cooking processes in order to create more successful gluten free dishes.
At first I didn’t want to make it a big deal that food was gluten free. However, I soon learned that cooking gluten free is indeed a big deal. Gluten free will always be a part of my husband’s life and thus, our family. That said, I never view it a handicap but rather a source of pride – discovering the main concepts behind making gluten free food has been surprisingly freeing. Always I am still learning, but the more experienced I become, the more my creativity is able to come out and I am able to play and experiment. I strongly feel that gluten free cooking is not something to be afraid of – instead, it is how you learn about yourself and share your own culture with others. Because of this philosophy, this blog is about my cooking and finding ways to make and appreciate food and flavor, without being overly fussy. At the end of the day, food is meant to be eaten, not hung on a wall in a museum. Food is central to life, and beyond the calories are memories, emotions, and meaningful experiences to be cherished. Our gluten free life taught me to be a better cook, a creative thinker, and most importantly, how much fun it is to cook and share together with those we love.
I am also an avid food and landscape photographer. Completely self-taught, my passion is in photographing beauty at the table as well as in the world around me. I love to travel and hike, and capture how I see things through the eye of the lens. Photography taught me how to recognize beauty – how to admire snow-capped mountains vying for sun-lit reflections on their glaciers as they each profess to be the proudest of the Alps. It taught me to laugh with joy when I see the French toast at the kitchen table bathed in morning light as it soaks up the maple syrup and reminds me of childhood memories goofing around with my little sister. I love photography because light can articulate a story sometimes better than words set a scene on a page, and I love finding ways to use that light to express my own interpretations of beauty. Photography is a tool to explore beauty, from landscapes to stills to the little details that cause us all to pause and appreciate the scenes that help make our lives more complete.
Photo Feature – FStoppers – “25 Photos of food that will make you very hungry”, May 30 2013
Simply Gluten Free – “Tell Your Vacation Story Through Photographs”, May/Jun. 2013, pp. 39-43.
Simply Gluten Free – “Burgundy, France”, Mar./Apr. 2013, pp. 31-34.
La Dolce Vita Cooking – 13 Beautiful Food Websites
Interview/Recipe Feature – Eat In Eat Out Spring 2013, pp. 56-63.
Simply Gluten Free – “Gluten Free Baking by Ratio: A tale of three quick breads“, Jan./Feb. 2013, pp. 55 – 60.
Simply Gluten Free – “Le Marché de Nöel“, Nov./Dec. 2013, pp. 21 – 25
The Rambling Epicure – Mountaintop Rösti with Ham, Tomatoes, and Fried Egg
The New York Times – Diner’s Journal - What We’re Reading ”File under Great Food Places We Don’t Pay Enough Attention To: Lausanne, Switzerland.”
Judge, DMBLGIT Aug 2012
The Rambling Epicure - Food Photography Exhibit – Summer Berries
Interview – Learn Food Photography
Winner - DMBLGIT, 2nd Place May 2012
Interview – Enjoying Gluten Free Life - “Jenn’s photos are so beautiful that they make me want to try every recipe.”
Winner - Donna Hay Food Styling and Photography Challenge #6
The Rambling Epicure – “Tempered Chocolate for Valentine’s”
Recipe Feature – The Balanced Platter – Valentine’s Day Ideas
Babble – Beautiful Bread Pudding Recipes - “Oh my, this bread pudding is just too pretty to eat.”
Winner -Donna Hay Food Styling Photography Challenge #4
Indian Simmer – Baked Pumpkin Chicken and Noodles - “If you do not know her yet then trust me you are missing on a LOT of gorgeousness in the blogosphere!”
The Rambling Epicure - ”Gluten Free Tips for Holiday Meals”
Recipe Feature – Foodista – 5 Best Gluten Free Acorn Squash Recipes - “An excellent side dish, starter or entree, this simple stuffed squash is perfect for entertaining!”
Stuffed Pepper – “The Importance of Good Food Photography“, Oct. 10, 2011.
Journey Kitchen - Herbed Butter and Mustard Roasted Chicken - “Jenn is not only a fabulous blogger and photographer, she is a generous and kind friend.“
Winner - DMBLGIT 2nd Place Aug 2011
Recipe Feature - Foodista – 5 Easy Eggplant Recipes
Winner - DMBLGIT Edibility Jul 2011
The Rambling Epicure - GF Recipe Conversions – Strategies for Substitutions
Judge - DMBLGIT May 2011
Pixiq - 250 Photography Tutorials - “This food blogger takes one image of a plate of food and deconstructs it critically, explaining just how it can be made better. This makes for an excellent read in both constructive criticism and good food photography!”
Food News Journal Daily Recipe, May 16 2011 – Grapefruit curd tartelettes, gluten free
Interview – Food Bloggers Unite (blog) – ”A Food Photography Journey”
The Rambling Epicure - ”Gluten Free – An Introductory Primer”
Recipe/Blog Feature – Urbanite Baltimore - ”Eat With Your Eyes”
The Rambling Epicure – “Why I Switched to Measuring by Weight”
The Rambling Epicure – “On the Technique of Brining“
The Daring Kitchen – “15 Gifts of Love from the Kitchen”
Winner - DMBLGIT Originality
A Hand for Haiti – The recipes that make the blogosphere feel at home – Ed. by Lauren McMillan, “Buttered Bacon Brussels Sprouts“, pp. 40.
Elana’s Pantry – “Asian Slaw“ - “I was hooked from the moment I saw it.”
Summer Tomato – “A Springtime Quiche, Gluten Free“ - “I find Jenn particularly inspiring because despite her culinary restrictions, deliciousness is always her top priority. She cooks amazing, healthy food and takes beautiful photos. In fact, it was months before I even realized her recipes were gluten free.”
The Pioneer Woman - Photography Assignment [Theme America], Group 4
The Whole Gang – “30 Days to a Food Revolution”
Recipe Feature – Baking Bites - Bites from Other Blogs
Interview – Daring Kitchen - Daring Members On The Spot
The Leftover Queen - Finest Foodies Friday - “This is a great blog to learn how to eat really well, with not much money!”
Saveur - Sharing the Best of the Web - “In this recipe, a lovely blackberry-balsamic marinade accentuates roasted quail’s rich flavor.”
ZOMT Bakes – “Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Banana Muffins”