Hello there, I’m Lovoni. For almost three decades I’ve worked in publishing, television & online as a recipe creator, food stylist, food editor, cookbook author, food photographer & cookery teacher. During this time, I’ve co-written over 100 cookbooks, authored six cookbooks and have self-published one titled ‘Simple, Fresh, Delicious’. It was because of this cookbook that I came to host my own national Canadian food show given the same title. The show was filmed in my studio & on location all over Canada. The absolute most fun I’ve had working during my career.
Born & raised in Sydney, Australia to an Aussie mum, an English dad & a half Scottish (step) father, with a Kiwi for a Pa who grew up in Fiji (Lovoni is a Fijian name – ‘Lovo’ loosely translated means ‘underground oven’ – if your name is your destiny, I was born to cook), I have an American husband and I hold citizenship in Australia, Canada and the USA – all countries I’m fiercely proud to call ‘home’. Some friends dubbed me ‘The United Nations’. 🤣 I studied culinary arts & started my career in publishing in Sydney, my hometown. I’ve lived in North America now for over 20 years; first in Canada and now in the USA.
I became a certified nutritionist, wanting to specialize in brain & mental health as well as weight loss & vitality. Several years ago my darling mum, who’d always been very conscious of her diet, was diagnosed with dementia. I’ve always been interested in food as a way of healing & helping people feel better both physically & mentally, mum’s decline stirred the fire in me to learn more about food & the importance it plays for our brain & mental health, not just our body.
We live in a world with so much information at our fingertips but so much of it is misleading or worse, incorrect. Especially when it comes to what a person should & shouldn’t eat. Should & should not…awful words really aren’t they? Nourishment without punishment. Why are we so consumed with diets, instead of eating a diet nature intended for us? Enjoying food is such a vital part of our being; deprivation & guilt have no place.
Apart from cooking and all and everything food, I’m passionate about: travel; gothic-style houses & castles; good wine; adventure; swimming and all things whimsical and cozy. What do you crave? It doesn’t have to be food. We all crave something. L xo