EmPowerful” is a coming of age cookbook that is compilation of over 100 easy, health focused whole food recipes for the busy lifestyle that draws a deeper insightful message about the profound connection real food and cooking can have on our life. In a media centric world where connection is becoming harder and harder, “Empowerful” shows how cooking can help us slow down and connect with those we love. The book pairs practical chef tips and tools to empower the busy home cook with mindful philosophical thoughts about life, gratitude, and the larger way our food choices impact our climate. It is possible to cook nourishing, quick, delicious meals without spending hours in a kitchen that still bring people together. Through my experience as a chef, business owner and busy mom, I show people how this is possible. Food, the family dinner and cooking can save us in a time where I deeply believe that the simplicity of preparing meals in an easy way is crucial to our own mental well being, our families as well as the planet’s vitality.