Welcome to Unpeeled, a pastry chef-led exploration of cooking, baking, wine, wellness and the bonds we share through food.
There are a lot of special things going on here, so jump in.
In addition to trustworthy recipes, savvy how-tos, articles, essays and more, we also feature profiles of women in food — chefs, restaurateurs, writers, policy wonks, master sommeliers, CEOs, cake artists, craft brewers…to name a few.
Another special feature is Loss: The Recipes. Inspired from Lisa’s personal experience and reflections about the intersection of food and grief, Loss: The Recipes is a warm, nurturing forum to share recipes and food memories of those we have lost and love.
Unpeeled strives to:
- Inspire and elevate your cooking
- Cover all the food world issues that matter
- Shine a spotlight on amazing Ladies of Food who inspire us, nurture us, and make a difference
- Explore love, loss and the food that ties it all together
I am Lisa Kolb Ruland, a food writer and editor based in D.C. and Brooklyn. A recovering lawyer, I wisely traded Bronx criminal court for the pastry kitchen several years ago. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America (best school lunches ever), I pastry chef’d in New York City, where, among other things, I made fancy wedding cakes and made cookie dough in a Hobart mixer the size of a hot tub. Eventually, I found my happy place in food writing.
I have a B.A. in English, a law degree, and the aforementioned C.I.A. degree. I’m currently earning my WSET Level 2 Wine and Spirits Certification, where I try not to get drunk in class. Sometimes I succeed.
My writing has appeared in Food52, The Washington Post, Modern Loss, Remedy Quarterly, The Napa Valley Register, and more. Media and other appearances include Cup of Jo, Open to Hope and the BBC World Service.
I enjoy funky cheese, long walks in a big city and believe that celery is underrated.
More about me can be found here.
How can I nominate someone to be profiled?
If you know (or are) a woman who should have an Unpeeled profile, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I contribute to Loss: The Recipes?
Absolutely. We would love to hear about your special person and the dish that connects you to them. We may not be able to publish everyone’s story or recipe, but we will do our best. Shoot us an email (below).
Are you looking for freelance writers/photographers/stylists/editors/social media rock stars?
Quite possibly. Send us your resume, plus anything you think we need to see: a pitch, previous work, a well-crafted cover letter, portfolio, and the like to email@example.com.
Your name will be kept on file. Thanks for your interest.
Are you going to expand to other media platforms?
Why, yes! Unpeeled is super excited to launch The Unpeeled Pod, our weekly podcast, in late 2019. We’ll be having timely, interesting, and frequently funny discussions with our Ladies of Food about all the food topics fit to podcast.
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