FRESH HUNGER is a fruit, veggie & herb cookery site for omnivores with approachable, simple & rustic recipes along with helpful kitchen advice. Or any advice for that matter. Just ask.
Do you know humans are the only creatures who go on a diet instead of eating a diet (preferably one nature intended)? Fresh Hunger is ditching the diet mantra and instead is showcasing nature’s bounty using in-season fruits, vegetables and herbs along with wild meat, meat from animals that have been humanely raised and sustainable seafood. Also nuts, grains, legumes and seeds that aren’t overly processed are many of the recipes. Wholesome recipes that nourish in one form or another.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to prattle on about nutrition, we hear enough of nutritional advice from so-called “experts”. You’d have to live under a rock to not know that fruits, veggies, meats and seafood supply us with key nutrients our body needs. Although what humans actually require to survive and thrive is a contentious subject.
No more veggies-as-an-afterthought in the form of a limp bag-salad with bottled dressing containing a laundry list of ingredients. We love our veg. And fruit (fresh and dried) in sweet and savory recipes with none of the guilt crap associated with tucking into a lovely dessert. Herbs are added in abundance to my recipes instead of some sort of apologetic measure.
I want you to get excited about trying a new ingredient, making a meal from scratch or cooking something you’d never considered before. I’m here to help you feel passionate about cooking and eating.
ABOUT LOVONI – that’s me – Lovoni Walker, the creator of Fresh Hunger. For decades 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, a TV food show host and, if the truth be told, a bit of a gypsy. 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?
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 of the latter really but I’m passionate about both. During my career I’ve authored six cookbooks, co-written over 60 and self-published one myself (that one took me all over the world). I’ve written a bazillion recipes and food styled for everything and anything that requires a pic of food. I’ve taught apprentice chefs and the average Joe how to cook. And I can teach you too.
A couple of decades ago, I moved from sunny Sydney to the Canadian tundra 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 my own cookbook – Simple, Fresh, Delicious. That 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. The show was filmed in my studio and on locations across Canada. During filming I fished on open waters; I got down and dirty with some pigs; I huddled with elk and their giant antlers as I fed them; I collected eggs from under chickens; tried to catch wild turkeys with a net and swanned around British Columbia’s wineries. Not bad for a city chick. 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 will have another show one day soon.
I moved from Canada to Montana, USA where I met & married a very talented American man, who, thank GOD, loves food and drink as much as I do – a prerequisite. Moving to other states, I became the food specialist for a fortune 500 company. Before moving to Florida. We now live on the outskirts of a tiny town in Indiana. We’ve renovated a 120 year old house and I’m on a journey to rediscover my Aussie body under the American one I’ve created over the last two decades.
Nowadays I’m working for myself again doing what I love: writing recipes, food styling and creating all and anything pertaining to food. Cooking videos for my You Tube channel are coming this fall along with a podcast. Stay tuned…