about me

alana and girls 2I’m Alana Chernila. I’m mostly a cookbook author, but I’m also a dinner wrangler, mother to two girls, wife to an artistic preschool teacher, farmers’ market worker, recovering politician, a writer, a teacher of all-things-yogurt, and an undercover Berkshires ambassador.

I’m a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, which means I know a little ancient Greek and Quantum Theory, but also that I crave green chile nearly every day of the year.

I’m the author of two books: The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making, and The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking With Pleasure, both published by Clarkson Potter. I’ve also written for Martha Stewart Living magazine, Taproot, Food52.com, and many other online and print periodicals. You can also find me on Craftsy, where I teach an online class about how to start making all sorts of foods from scratch including nut butters, granola bars, and my personal favorite, yogurt.

This site is a journal where I write about recipes, kids, marriage, politics, road food, the writing process, and whatever else might make an appearance in my day. You’ll find a combination of my own recipes and those from books and websites that inspire me.

Thanks so much for visiting, and please say hello! I love hearing from you in the comments, or you can also email me directly at:


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