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Talking Top Tens: Jill Donenfeld

Founder, The Culinistas


Jill Donenfeld is the founder of The Culinistas, a private chef and catering agency in NYC, LA, and Chicago. She is a writer, entrepreneur, and chef with three published cookbooks and recipes appearing in Food & Wine and articles in Men’s Journal and The Huffington Post. She has lived in Madagascar, Southern India, and Sweden to pursue culinary endeavors. Her newest cookbook is coming out in April 2015 with Harper Collins, Better on Toast: Happiness on a Slice of Bread. Follow The Culinistas on Instagram and Twitter.

And more with Jill Donenfeld…

One piece of advice you would give your 18 year old self:

Major in bio; minor in comp sci; invest in Apple. 

Your most recent culinary discovery / obsession:

Carrot cake donut from Doughnut Plant, toasting pepitas with lime and turmeric, homemade marshmallows. 

Midnight snack of choice:

Savory: thick toast with butter and anchovies. Sweet: sakura mochi. 

Skincare product you can’t live without:

Drinking water–it’s the only thing I can stick to. 

On Sunday, we’ll find you wearing:

Charities you support:

Your favorite restaurant for brunch and your go-to order:

The only place I like to brunch is at my grandma’s country club. It’s a buffet, lots of smoked salmon, everyone scooping out their bagels, many putting cookies in their handbags. 

Your celebrity crush and why?

Steve Martin: dance moves, arms, banjo. 

If you weren’t the Founder of The Culinistas, you’d be...

Cleaning squid in Madagascar. 

Your motto in life:

Be Receptive.