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The Rambling Epicure

JONELL GALLOWAY Freelance food writer and translator, cooking instructor, recipe developer and tester


I ramble around the world, mainly in Switzerland and Europe, looking for good food and restaurants. Until recently, I shared my discoveries with my friends on my blog, The Rambling Epicure, on, where my posts are still available for viewing. I develop recipes using local ingredients, write about restaurants and local products and just about anything that is food-related.

But I wear a coat of many colors, so I am available for food writing of all types, including writing of restaurant guides; private cooking classes using my Spontaneous Cuisine method; organization of wine and food tastings, cooking demonstrations, and all food-related events; recipe development using your products; translation (French-English-Spanish) of food- and wine-related materials; design and conception of restaurant menus.

I studied cooking at the Cordon Bleu and La Varenne in Paris, and wine tasting here, there and everywhere in France and at CAVE S.A. in Geneva and Gland. In France, I worked for some years as a contributing editor for the English edition of the GaultMillau guide and as a food translator, while I ran a small cooking school in a château near Paris. I now live in Geneva, where I have been discovering the Swiss approach to gastronomy and oenology. One of my many interests is promoting Les Artisanes de la Vigne et du Vin as an ambassadress for this Swiss women wine producers association.

My cooking method is "spontaneous cuisine." Lessons consist of writing out a tentative menu based on seasonal, local products; going shopping for the products, and adapting the menu according to what is available and fresh; going to the wine seller to select a wine to go with the menu, then going home and cooking all afternoon with my students. The day ends with a candlelight dinner at the château (in the past), and now, at my chapel converted into a house in Chartres or in your home.

I have recently started giving Mindful Eating seminars and therapy for those who have problem relationships with food and eating in general, helping them reconstruct their lifestyle and relationship to food and eating.


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An organic produce store opens in a poor neighborhood riddled with liquor stores

by Jonell Galloway

Watch this video! An organic produce store opens in a poor neighborhood riddled with liquor stores, and it is selling produce from urban gardens and local farms. I certainly support the cause!

In West Oakland, California, where liquor stores have replaced markets, People’s Grocery is creating a healthy alternative, offering access to organic produce. Through urban gardens and local farms, People’s Grocery supports a culture based on connection to the land, sustainable agricultural practices, and regenerating community.

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Our new team of writers is a consortium of professional food writers from around the world, providing daily global food news and trends in English, French, Spanish, with some German and Chinese. Our horizons continue to expand and we’d like you to be part of that expansion.

We cover the A to Z of the real food world and adhere to the Slow Food philosophy. Our new Food News Daily column gives you an overview of the latest in global and international food news and trends. If you browse the tabs, you’ll get an idea of the full range of topics we cover.

If you are a professional food or wine writer or artist, check out the Join Us article under the Voices tab. We would love to hear from you.

We’re also in the process of forming a food social network, and welcome your food photos, videos, restaurant recommendations, recipes — anything food-related. Please send them to us through the blue Contact Us button at the top right of the home page.

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The Philosophy of Fine Dining in Crissier, Switzerland


Fine Dining, Rudolf Steiner Style

by Jonell Galloway

The Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner was the inventor of the spiritual movement anthroposophy, a kind of intuitive ethics which has thrived in Switzerland, chiefly through the Waldorf schools and through foundations and communities inspired by his teachings. Biodynamic agriculture originated out of this philosophy, and continues today at this restaurant in Crissier, Switzerland. This seventeenth-century castle, Le Castel, was bought by the Lausanne branch of the Rudolf Steiner Foundation in 1989.

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