Staff Profile: The Uneven Eater

“I’m kind of an all-or-nothing eater.” - Fernande Bondarenko, 53, Art Director

Cooking Light Staffer: Fernande Bondarenko

Fernande Bondarenko: The Uneven Eater

Photo: Randy Mayor


“I’m kind of an all-or-nothing eater,” says Fernande, who eats large spinach salads with broccoli slaw, red peppers, sunflower seeds, and onions several nights a week. “I don’t cook so much as I assemble,” she admits. But on the days she’s not “assembling,” the self-described “semi-vegetarian” might have a bunch of cashews, an avocado, or bread and cheese and call it dinner. Fernande’s fruit intake consists mainly of juice: She drinks four eight-ounce glasses of watered-down grape juice daily. She’d like to add more solid fruits and vegetable variety to her diet.


Fernande has a good base of vegetables and fruits but is in the sort of rut it’s easy to get into as a single person. She should round out her menu, keeping fresh fruit snacks on hand and enjoying greater variety at dinner. And dinner needs to be a meal, not a handful of nuts.

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