Former Model Turned Culinary Mogul Releases First Cookbook
Before she was making waves in digital media as Refinery29’s Executive Food Editor and opening pop-up restaurants in New York, Elettra Wiedemann was splashed across every major fashion magazine and walking runways around the world – which meant saying goodbye to many different cuisines and foods out of a model’s reach.
“My journey to foodie-ism was kind of a random path,” Wiedemann, the daughter of Italian film star Isabella Rossellini and granddaughter to film legend Ingrid Bergman, tells Women’s Wear Daily. “It started with modeling, actually. I grew up really eating pasta, and once I started modeling I couldn’t do that anymore, for obvious reasons. So I had to kind of teach myself how to cook while I was living in Italy and in Paris, and I liked it.”
The former model took her inspiration from the fashion world and eventually graduated with top marks from the London School of Economics. Her newfound passion for nutrition spawned into launching her food blog, Impatient Foodie, which tackles the disparity between a perfect nutrition-balanced diet and the realities of everyday life.
And now Wiedemann can add “author” to her laundry list of titles as she reinvents her Impatient Foodie brand with her new cookbook, Impatient Foodie: 100 Delicious Recipes for a Hectic, Time-Starved World, released June 6.
Tackling dishes incorporating vegetables, poultry, beef, fish, fruits and even desserts, Impatient Foodie is organized by staple ingredients from A to Z: asparagus all the way through zucchini.
Each staple in Wiedemann’s book, which incorporate an arsenal of go-to ingredients for every home cook, is accompanied by four different recipes for those wishing to put a healthy meal on the table when time is of the essence.
We trust that Wiedemann – who told Cooking Light in May that “anything that carries a scent of basil…is one of the most wonderful smells in the entire world” – can balance a jam-packed schedule while churning out nuanced healthy dishes.
Here are some of our favorite recipes in Impatient Foodie – and our equally fast options for those who might be just as glamorously busy as Wiedemann.
1) Beet & Ricotta Spaghetti (Golden Beet Pasta with Basil-Almond Pesto)
A great alternative to Wiedemann's Beet and Ricotta-based spaghetti dish is our healthy spin on a penne dish incorporating an entire beet, beet stems and leaves included.
2) Muffin-Tin Eggplant Parmigiana (Healthy Eggplant Parmesan)
Eggplant parmesan in a muffin-tin is surely a time hack, but if you're looking for a healthier version of this comfort classic, try our version right here.
3) Swedish Meatballs (Sheet Pan Swedish Meatballs)
A great time hack for Swedish Meatballs is this technique using a sheet pan, alongside mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts for a easy dinner.
4) Impatient Mussels in Mushroom Broth (Mussels in Tomato-Wine Broth)
Steaming mussels and incorporating them into broth can be a quick way to enjoy a seasonal dish this summer.
5) Watermelon Jolly Rancher Margarita (Watermelon Margaritas)
This quick and simple recipe will be a summer hit at all your events, period.