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Meet Ellen

Blogger, Author, Speaker


Thanks for stopping by, I’m glad to meet you.

My name is Ellen Zachos and I help adventurous foodies cook with wild plants and mushrooms, so they can enjoy exciting, un-buyable flavors.

This is where I’m supposed to tell you something about myself…just enough to let you know you can trust me and make you want to come back for more.

But first, can we talk about you?


don’t be scared!

I know the idea of wild edibles makes some people nervous, but I hope you won’t let that stop you from exploring the wonderful world of foraging. No one wants to make the headlines by feeding their family poison hemlock, so let me teach you how to forage safely.

I’ll show you which plants are safe to eat and which aren’t. I’ll explain when to harvest, and how to process and preserve your foraged plants and mushrooms so you can enjoy them all year long. And I’ll give you so many delicious, unusual recipes for these un-buyable flavors that you’ll eat like royalty. I’m confident I can make you confident.


Here’s why you can trust me

I’m a Harvard graduate and the author of seven books including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat, and The Wildcrafted Cocktail. I work with RemyUSA, teaching foraging mixology workshops across the US, and I lecture at botanic gardens, flower shows, and for garden clubs around the world.

I have a background in show business, which taught me how to engage an audience, and I combine that with years of practical experience and plenty of book learning. This gives me a unique and entertaining approach to teaching. A long-time instructor at the New York Botanical Garden, I now live in Santa Fe, NM and split my time between the desert southwest and the lush northeast. It’s quite a contrast botanically speaking, and one that keeps me learning new plants as well as new ways to eat them.