Blogger Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan cooks with the mindfulness of a Buddhist monk, an approach she learned from her mother, Karen, a food writer: "She taught me that interacting with food, knowing where it comes from—even just touching it—will help you eat better." Gillingham-Ryan has turned this outlook into a career. She and her husband, Maxwell, edit the hugely popular apartmenttherapy.com, which approaches home design with a minimalist’s eye. Gillingham-Ryan runs the Kitchen section of the Web site, teaching what she calls "conscientious cooking," a skill she’s honed in her tiny kitchen while creating healthy, delicious dishes like roasted bass with spring herb salad. This month she’s launching the "Eight-Week Kitchen Therapy Cure," an online course focusing on eco-friendly ingredients and the emotional benefits of cooking. She also fuses meals and mindfulness in The Greyston Bakery Cookbook, which she recently wrote for the Greyston Foundation, a New York community-development organization started by a Buddhist. Greyston gave Gillingham-Ryan her first job out of college. "There’s a Buddhist term— right livelihood—that Greyston embodies," she says. "I learned a lot about right livelihood there and try to use it in my work in the food world."
Gillingham-Ryan’s Healthy Attitudes
"I have a daily Ashtanga yoga routine that I usually do first thing in the morning. My husband and I also host yoga retreats at our 19th-century barn on Long Island."
"High-quality food is my splurge. It’s like health care: I want to pay for it. I’ll forgo a new pair of shoes for some great ingredients."