Life Over Lattes: Celebrating Whole Foods With Cookie + Kate
If there’s one thing we all crave, it’s to be healthy. Because, at the end of the day, what’s more important than our health, right? (How’s the saying go, “health is wealth?“) Yet what so many of us get tripped up on is assuming we have to skimp out on taste and flavor to achieve this goal. But what if I told you there was another way? An easier way. Would you believe me?
Well, believe it or not, there is. And she goes by the name of Kathryne Taylor.
Originally from Oklahoma, Kathryne — also known as Kate — ventured into the blogging world in 2010 and has since created America’s most popular vegetarian food blog, Cookie + Kate. Over the last seven years, she has proven time and time again how easy it is to eat well and feel well, all while inspiring the celebration of real, wholesome foods with her four-legged assistant by her side, Cookie.
As someone who has been an avid reader of Cookie + Kate for several years now, I have yet to come across anyone else who paves a more creative, approachable path to a healthy body and happy belly quite like Kathryne, and I am truly honored to be sharing her story. No matter if you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or meat-loving fanatic, her outrageously delicious recipes will sway you into the nearest kitchen.
So get ready for some mouth-watering inspiration…
Name: Kathryne Taylor
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
How did your love for cooking began?
Well, I was a crafty kid, and I always enjoyed coming up with new ideas and trying to figure out how to make them a reality. I feel like cooking is an extension of that, and I get to eat the final result! My parents taught me the basics when I was little, but it wasn’t until after college that I grew determined to learn how to cook well.
What were you most excited about with your book’s release?
Now that the book is here, it’s super exciting to hear from people who are making the recipes in their homes. I worked so hard on the recipes and worked with recipe-testers to make sure they were foolproof. It’s quite satisfying to hear that the recipes are turning out well in other kitchens!
Out of all the recipes you’ve created, is there one in particular that’s your all-time favorite?
No! Every time I publish a new recipe, it feels like I’ve found a new favorite. I worked very hard to make sure that the book featured a collection of 100 percent awesome recipes.
All the skills you’ve learned thus far you’ve taught yourself. Talk about impressive! How do you continue to develop new skills in the kitchen? What are some of your favorite sources for inspiration?
Well, I did take a knife skills class when I first started cooking, and that has proved tremendously helpful! I’m always looking around for interesting preparation methods and flavor combinations on blogs, restaurant menus and in cookbooks and magazines.
I’m inspired every month when I read Bon Appetit magazine, for sure.
What do you find most rewarding about developing new recipes and sharing them with your online community?
My recipes are generally on the healthier side, and I try to use approachable ingredients so everyone can make them. I feel good about that!
As a full-time blogger, maintaining an active online presence is extremely important. However, spending too much time online can be extremely exhausting, not to mention unhealthy. How do you set boundaries for yourself?
To be honest, I’m always struggling with work-life balance and boundaries, but I’ve found a few coping methods that work for me. To prevent distraction, I’ve turned off all the notifications on my phone (except for calls and text messages). I also try to batch my duties so I’m not constantly bouncing between tasks. I find it helpful to set priorities for the day before I start working, although I chronically overestimate what I can get done in a day.
I always aim to give my friends and family my full attention when we’re together, so I’m listening to them rather than checking my phone.
Lastly, I use exercise to clear my head and transition from work mode to relaxation. Cookie and I go on epic long walks, and I go to yoga at least three times per week. Since my work is entirely self-directed, it’s so refreshing to go to class and let someone tell me what to do for an hour!
What one piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Aim big. I chickened out on medical school because I wasn’t sure about spending so many years in school. As it turns out, I created a career that has also required ridiculous hours and lots of hard work. I wouldn’t want it any other way, but I think I could have managed med school and residency.
Lastly, what does creativity mean to you?
Creativity is the freedom and confidence to take existing ideas and make new combinations out of them.
Thank you so much, Kathryne. Your recipes are amazing and you sure make this world a sweeter place!
For mouth-watering cooking inspiration, be sure to follow Kathryne on Instagram and Facebook. And if you never want to miss a recipe, subscribe to her blog here. You can also buy her brand new (#1 BEST-SELLER!!) cookbook, Love Real Food, here.
*food photos provided by Kathryne Taylor (photos of Kathryne and Cookie taken by Sarah Sweeney)