Fresh Hunger – Good food is something to be celebrated and enjoyed – cooking it and eating it. Ditching the dieting mantra, Fresh Hunger’s focus is on unprocessed food – fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, wild meat, meat from humanely-raised animals and sustainable seafood. Homemade food without guilt; simple, rustic cookery for people who love good food.
Think about it: humans are the only creatures who go on a diet instead of simply eating a diet nature intended. A lion is never going to be confused about what to eat. But then a lion isn’t bombarded with clever marketing ploys and misinformation What humans actually require to survive and thrive is a contentious subject and nowadays everyone thinks they’re an expert. The information superhighway is overloaded with what we should and shouldn’t eat. Across many countries people are getting fatter, unhealthier and loaded with feelings of guilt producing a vicious cycle. It’s exhausting for someone like me who cooks for a living and needs to lose weight. So, I’ve made a promise to myself: focus on real food, made simply and share this journey on here and through my podcast.
If you’re here you probably enjoy good food too. What I want to do is celebrate wholesome food with you in a positive, uncomplicated way. No frills, no lectures and certainly no guilt. So, let’s cook together and celebrate our access to an abundance of good food. Let’s focus on that and turn down all the noise.
About Lovoni – that’s me – Lovoni Walker, the creator of Fresh Hunger and host of Guilty Hunger podcast. For 25 years or so, I’ve been working with food in publishing, television, online, (social media and websites), with food corporations, advertising and marketing companies. I’m a cookbook author, food stylist, cookery teacher, food photographer and I was a TV food show host for four seasons/52 episodes. I’m also a bit of a gypsy (I’ve lived in three different countries). If your name is your destiny then I was born to cook – ‘Lovoni’ (lovo) – means “underground oven”. Sadly it does not mean “very rich”. Or “svelte”. But you know, I’m working on both and can only dream right?
Work in a nutshell…Initially, I trained to be a chef, attending culinary school in Sydney, Australia – where I was born and raised, but I’ve loved to cook since I can remember. Cook and eat. More the latter but I’m passionate about both. During my career I’ve authored six cookbooks, co-written over 60 and self-published one. I’ve written a bazillion recipes and food styled for everything and anything that requires a pic of food. I’ve taught apprentice chefs, judges, fire-fighters, actors, children and others from around the globe how to cook and appreciate good food and was the food specialist and stylist for an American Fortune 300 company.
From Australia to North America and more details…A couple of decades ago, I moved to the Canada in the middle of winter (as one does) to become food editor for a recipe magazine and a cookbook publisher. Several years later self-publishing a cookbook – Simple, Fresh, Delicious. That cookbook lead me to host a national cooking show in Canada also called – Simple, Fresh, Delicious. The show’s focus was to inspire home cooks with easy recipes, using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. We were one of the very first shows supporting eating local. The show was filmed in my studio and on locations across Canada where I got to fish, try to catch wild turkeys, hob-nob with giant elk and swan around British Columbia’s beautiful wineries interviewing chefs and eating their food. The show was the most enjoyable and rewarding thing I have done in my career. It’s going to be hard to beat but I’d love to have another show one day in the not-too-distant future.
To America I go…I moved from Canada to Montana, USA almost 11 years ago now. From there it was Minnesota, Florida and now (or for now) I live on the outskirts of a tiny town in Indiana out in the country. I’ve renovated a 120 year old house and I’m kept very busy with my little company Fresh Hunger. Podcast and a cooking channel are on the way. Stay tuned…