Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin are the lazy foodies behind Two Lazy Gourmets and coauthors of The Lazy Gourmet cookbook (Viva Editions, 2011). We’ve been friends and kitchen collaborators since college, where, as housemates, our contrasting culinary abilities became evident. Robin was comfortable in the kitchen, having grown up helping her mother—a professional restaurant critic and accomplished cook—prepare gourmet dinners every night. Juliana, on the other hand, cruised through childhood blissfully delighted when meals magically appeared in front of her. Pringles, candy bars, and four-star meals were all welcomed with equal enthusiasm. After years of believing that foodie friends like Robin simply had innate magical powers that she wasn’t lucky enough to possess, Juliana finally started to notice that some of the most elegant, beautiful, and memorable meals she encountered were also some of simplest. It’s this concept that inspired us to write The Lazy Gourmet and that underlies most of our cooking efforts today.
Robin Donovan is the author of Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Dr. Gott’s No Flour, No Sugar Diet, and restaurants editor of Moon Metro San Francisco. Her food writing has appeared on the pages of Cooking Light, Fitness, The San Jose Mercury News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, www.Sallys-Place.com, The San Francisco Chronicle, and other popular publications. Robin knows her way around a kitchen—and has even been known to enjoy devoting hours to creating exceedingly elaborate dishes—but with a busy writing schedule and an even busier kid, she has to rely on quick, simple recipes if she wants keep up appearances with her foodie friends.
Juliana Gallin is the poster girl for Lazy Gourmets. She loves to delight friends and family with magnificent meals, but always aims to avoid complicated, time-consuming, dish-dirtying culinary labors. Her bottom line is that she values flavor, surprise, and sophistication in her cooking, but not if it means having to miss Hoarders. When she’s not cooking effortless gourmet feasts, or writing books about how to cook effortless gourmet feasts, Juliana works as a graphic designer and produces several popular speakers’ series in San Francisco, including Ask a Scientist, How-To Night, and Comedy Talks.
More background info can be found here, in our very first post.