Starting from Scratch is a simple set of instructions, checklists and information designed to get you and your family off on the right foot. Before we begin cooking together, it is imperative you toss out as much unhealthy, processed foods as possible.
After you have tossed those icky, harmful, prepackaged items from your pantry and refrigerator, we will help you replace them with healthier substitutes by giving you a basic shopping list you can use each week when at the grocer and farmer's market.
Initially, tossing (or donating) the foods you have grown accustomed to eating over the entire course of your life will seem nearly impossible. Starting from Scratch in the beginning of a different way of thinking, eating, and living. The majority of your eating habits were passed down and formed during your more formative years, have stayed with you, and you are now passing them on to your family. If you are a healthy, clean, natural, and/or organic eater, then, you are passing along wonderful habits that ensure better health for you and your loved ones. If you are indulging in processed, canned, boxed, and fast foods, then, you passing down a legacy of high sodium, unnatural preservatives, poisons, unhealthy fats, and a plethora of inevitable health issues. Starting from Scratch will start you on the road to better food choices and, therefore, better cooking practices.
Elisabeth Ovesen, pen name Karrine Steffans, is the three-time New York Times bestselling author of seven titles: Confessions of a Video Vixen, The Vixen Diaries, The Vixen Manual, Satisfaction, How to Make Love to a Martian, Decor and the Single Girl, and Vindicated, published by Harper Collins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, USA, Steffans Publishing Enterprises, and BenBella Books, respectively. Steffans and her books have been featured on shows hosted by the likes of Paula Zahn, Donny Deutsch, Bill O’Reilly, Geraldo Rivera, Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, and the queen of daytime herself, Oprah Winfrey.
Ovesen contributed satirical copy for HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, and serves as keynote speaker and workshop leader at notable universities across the country, including California State and Dillard Universities.
Ovesen is the founder of The Gorgeous Girl's Guide, a personal development curriculum and community curated to help women of industry live their very best, most beautiful lives.
Currently, the author resides in Los Angeles.