Meet our 'Tastes of Home' Contributors
Inspired by our love of food, real ingredients, and human connection, we set out to create something tangible we could share with our Drifter community this holiday season. Enter: 'Tastes of Home with Spindrift," a recipe book created and curated by-hand with love. We set out to capture all the many eclectic - but incredible - tastes and memories of home. To do this, we reached out to some of our favorite recipe creators.
We can't wait to share the final printed version with you. In the meantime, get to know the chefs and mixologists we're honored to include in Tastes of Home.
Meet our contributors
Blair is the holistic nutrition consultant, natural chef, and women’s health advocate behind Holistic Rendezvous. She creates craveworthy recipes and drinks that focus on real food ingredients to keep your body (and taste buds) happy and thriving! She lives in the beautiful state of CO and enjoys anything outdoors with her sheepadoodle Rose. Most days you will find her teaching or taking a Pilates class, playing tennis, pickleball or volleyball!
Justin's mission is to introduce audiences to various ways of creating classic as well as exciting new drinks right in the convenience of their home. Justin enjoys visiting cocktail bars, breweries, and speakeasies, locally and wherever he and his wife travel. He loves mimicking cocktails, but, in more recent years, Justin has developed a passion for creating beverages according to tradition. Through a lot of self-education on the right techniques and the best ingredients to use, he has found a passion in not only creating delicious drinks, but also embracing the holistic mixology experience, all with an infectious sense of humor.
Miguel Buencamino is the founder and owner of Holy City Handcraft (@holycityhandcraft).
Miguel was born in Manila, Philippines. Starting at six years of age, he grew up learning how to cook from his two Filipino grandmothers, who were both incredible home cooks themselves. Using his knowledge in combining flavors with technique, he decided to start Holy City Handcraft in 2015 as a creative outlet to share his passion for homemade meals and cocktails with his friends and family. Holy City Handcraft has since evolved into a content production agency that encompasses anything from recipe development to photography and video production for various brands worldwide with a primary focus on spirits and cocktails.
Gaby Dalkin is a TV host, trained chef, recipe developer, entrepreneur and food & lifestyle writer based in Los Angeles. Her website, WhatsGabyCooking.com, features original recipes and content, along with highlights from Gaby's life and travels. In September 2022, Gaby released her fourth cookbook, a New York Times Best Seller, What’s Gaby Cooking: Take it Easy. The book reflects her signature vibe of enjoying life by eating the food you love with a no-fuss attitude. The cookbook follows the success of her 2018 cookbook, What’s Gaby Cooking: Everyday California Food and her 2020 cookbook, What’s Gaby Cooking: Eat What You Want. In addition to her books, Gaby is known for her popular line of seasonings that she just re-released under her new brand Dalkin&Co.
Esteban Castillo is a recipe developer, food photographer & author of Chicano Bakes & award-winning food blog & best-selling cookbook, Chicano Eats living in California, with his husband and three dogs.
Noah Galuten is a chef, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, and the host of the Don’t Panic Pantry YouTube Channel. The Don’t Panic Pantry Cookbook, published by AA Knopf, is available in most of the places where books are sold (but Noah highly recommends ordering it from a small, independent bookstore).
With over 5 million fans spread across her social media platforms, New York Times best-selling author and James Beard Award-winner Joanne Molinaro, a.k.a The Korean Vegan, has appeared on The Food Network, CBS Saturday Morning, ABC's Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Today Show, PBS, NPR, CNN, and The Rich Roll Podcast. She's been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Food & Wine Magazine; and her debut cookbook was selected as one of “The Best Cookbooks of 2021” by The New York Times and The New Yorker, among others.
Teri Turner, otherwise known as nocrumbsleft, is a Chicago-based cookbook author, blogger, traveler, and mother, and especially a gal who savors delicious food. Living life to the fullest, in the kitchen and beyond, Teri loves to share her passionate adventures online. Whether it’s taking her community step-by-step through a recipe, unveiling her favorite finds on a trip, or living the journey of motherhood, joy, and grief, she shares just how messy–yet beautiful–both food and life can be.
Rooted in the rich culinary heritage of Turkey, Betul cultivated her love for food in the warmth of her family kitchen. Upon relocating to America with her husband, this initial love blossomed into a fervent passion for food photography and antique aesthetics. Today, Betul's unique blend of culinary artistry and visual storytelling continues to captivate and connect with millions around the world.
Kanchan Koya combines her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Harvard University and her training from the Institute of Integrative nutrition to illuminate the power of spices and food as medicine for vitality and joyful health. Kanchan is the founder and author of Spice Spice Baby, a cookbook and platform that educates the world about the science backed health benefits of ancient spices and inspires their use by home cooks in simple, delicious ways. Kanchan is also a health coach, podcast host and a creator with Buzzfeed Tasty, the largest food network online. When Kanchan isn’t helping people live healthy, long lives filled with delicious food, she is eating said food, running, practicing yoga or walking around her sweet and soulful Brooklyn neighborhood where she lives with her husband and two kids.
Alexis Nikole Nelson is a forager and outdoor educator using her platform to yell about all the edible plants hiding in plain sight! Whether she’s teaching audiences which seaweeds are delish or turning acorns into cheese, she does so with a song and a smile. While always lighthearted, Alexis uses her interests in foraging to connect with and educate on African American and Indigenous food traditions that have historically been repressed. Her foraging tips, recipe videos, and food history lessons have led Alexis to amass over 5 million dedicated fans across platforms.
Her mom said she had to list her accolades so she’s awkwardly going to put them here: James Beard Award for “Best Social Media” 2022, Forbes 30 Under 30, TikTok Tastemaker, Fortune Magazine’s Creator 25 2021.
As Alexis would say, happy snacking, don’t die!
We also included home-made recipes from our Drifter teammates. They dusted off their family recipe books and shared some wonderful stories - and tastes - with us.
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