Meet the Gang

15 Apr

I feel lucky to work with such a talented bunch of freelancers on the food section for Reader’s Digest. As well as inspiring us with their stories, tasty dishes and tantalizing images, they have lots of other cool projects on the go. Here’s a taster from some of our most recent contributors:

Cordon Bleu chef Voula Halliday, who most recently wrote for us about cooking en papillote, now makes regular appearances on CBC’s Steven and Chris. Her goal: to help Canadians cut waste and stretch their food dollars.

Voula Halliday; photo: Edward Pond

Our recipe tester and regular tips-from-the-test-kitchen contributor, Alison Kent, has had a busy year travelling everywhere from Novia Scotia to British Columbia to Korea, scouting out the most interesting food trends and stories. She’s also a chef-instructor at The Market Kitchen in Toronto, and a food stylist for a new Food Network show being launched this fall–the name’s still top secret!

Aube Giroux, who wrote about container gardening for our most recent issue, just got nominated for a prestigious Saveur award in the best video category. The nod is all the more awesome in that it’s for a post Aube made about her late mother’s baba au rhum–a recipe that’s very special for her whole family at Christmas.

The author of our January story on sugar cravings, Kat Tancock, is the new media editor of Food & Drink. She’s building a new career as a yoga teacher and currently obsessed with trying out recipes from La Tartine Gourmande.

Ivy Knight, who brought us pumpkin cocktail recipes from across Canada in our October issue, just co-founded online food magazine Swallow. The first issue got a big thumbs up from the New York Times and the Village Voice. And Ivy just got back from a trip to Denmark, where she tucked into a 27-course dinner at Noma and interviewed superstar chef Rene Redzepi for the Globe and Mail.

Photo: Viktor Radiks

Food photographer My Yen Trung also creates beautiful images for the Globe and Mail, Best Health and a number of advertising campaigns. Here’s a fun spread she recently shot for Canadian Business

Jordan Himelfarb wrote about make-ahead holiday recipes for our November 2011 issue. He’s currently working on a comedy fundraising series called For My Own Benefit with his comedy partner, Joel Taylor, who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

When our food stylist and regular contributor Signe Langford is not writing for publications such as Best Health, Canadian Living, Clean Eating and Food and Drink, she’s working on a hen revolution! She hopes that all hens in Canada will be cage-free in our time.

Signe Langford; photo: My Yen Trung

Calgarian Julie Van Rosendaal, who wrote for us about teaching her toddler knife skills, is celebrating the third reprint in six months of her book Spilling the Beans. Julie continues to make regular appearances on TV and CBC radio, and she blogs at dinnerwithjulie.com.

OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) TV host and nutritionist Julie Daniluk was thrilled to release a book with Random House that she had been self-publishing for five years. Meals that Heal Inflammation reveals just how much pain is caused by inflammation and shows how to relieve it through diet. For Reader’s Digest, Julie has written about food allergies and sensitivities and how to stay healthy as a vegetarian.


And finally Newfoundlander Russell Wangersky, who wrote about a St John’s family’s unique games night for our November issue, just brought out a new book of short stories, called Whirl Away, that looks at what happens to people when they lose their anchor-lines.  He’s also in the running for a National Newspaper Awards for his editorials in the St. John’s Telegram.


Wow! Honoured to work with you all.

–Val

4 Responses to “Meet the Gang”

  1. signe April 15th, 2012 at 11:34 AM #

    Awwwwwwwww…shucks!

  2. Alison April 15th, 2012 at 12:24 PM #

    Like Signe sez…!

  3. Ann April 18th, 2012 at 3:16 PM #

    What a great article! It’s so interesting to see how this is all pulled together.

  4. Valerie Howes April 18th, 2012 at 4:13 PM #

    Thanks, I love the team!

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