A Message from the Barefoot Cook

There’s a quote by Khalil Gibran that stirs my soul like a bowl of fresh-whipped cream:

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

Amanda-handing-a-plateI‘m Amanda Love, The Barefoot Cook. I teach families, farmers & freedom-seeking food-lovers how to reclaim the power of simple, nourishing cooking – and lead happier, more harmonious lives.

My workshops, classes & retreats get back to the beautiful basics – the ancient food preparation techniques that our ancestors knew about, but we’ve forgotten. I’m an advocate for high-pleasure meals made with high-quality ingredients. And yes – that includes grassfed beef, pastured eggs, and hand-churned butter.

I get around – and so does my food. I’ve roamed the nation in a VW van as a traveling chef, sauteed & seared at silent meditation ashrams, cultured kombucha & sourdough bread inside progressive prisons, prepped healing feasts for celebrity clients, flicked pine needles out of my soup in permaculture kitchens, and received standing ovations and awards for my commitment to organic food & sustainable eating.

Ready to kick off your shoes, crank up the stove, and celebrate the life-affirming power of one really good meal?

Come cook with me.


The Barefoot Cook Manifesto

I dream of a world…

Where smiling at a stranger on the bus is reciprocated with a grin – not a look of confusion.

Where we’re comfortable borrowing a cup of fresh milk (or a handful of sourdough starter) from our neighbors.

Where we know our local farmers on a first-name basis, and greet them with a bearhug.

Where we remember each other’s birthdays, anniversaries, and favorite heirloom tomatoes.

Where nutrition is simple, cooking is joyful – and our hearts, minds & bodies are well-fed & free.

Where our soil is renewed, and our waters are pure.

Where frustration & fear about the future are replaced with certainty & pride.

Where people are nourished, not sick. Empowered, not weakened.

Where we take what we need, when we need it & give back more than we ever thought possible.

Where we place our bare feet on the ground, just to take the earth’s pulse.

Where we eat to live, live to eat – and love it all.