An Energy-Boosting Salad

Spinach Salad with Quinoa

If there's one thing I've realized as I've gotten older it's this: food has a lot to do with my energy level. Obviously, sleep does, too, and a host of other factors, but what I eat is a big part of the equation. For years, my low-energy solution was a coffee and some sort of sugary baked good (more than likely a chocolate chip cookie). The only problem was, after the sugar rush, I immediately felt miserable as my energy–and ...more

Hearty Sprouted Lentil Stew with Kale

Healthy Lentil Soup with Kale

This is my go-to healthy and hearty recipe for a cold, winter's night. It's simple to prepare, it's packed with vitamins and minerals from the vegetables and–thanks to the sprouted lentils–full of protein, enzymes, and micro-nutrients. It's also vegan and gluten-free. For a creamier soup, feel free to puree half or all of it with an immersion blender (or a food processor) after cooking. It's delicious either way, and tastes even better ...more

Roasted Branzini & Brussels Sprouts


I love dinner parties (clearly). And in spite of the fact that I've thrown hundreds in my life, I still get a little nervous having people over if I don't have time to prep in advance. I hate feeling rushed, which is why I try to get as much done ahead of time as possible. For me, entertaining is the most fun when the apartment is clean, the food is more or less prepped, and I can actually sit down and have a drink with guests when they ...more

Previously on Healthy Living

In the Kitchen With a Good Appetite
Melissa Clark
Around My French Table
Dorie Greenspan
Sunday Suppers at Lucques
Suzanne Goin
Real Food Fast
Nigel Slater
Kitchen Express
Mark Bittman

My name is Anna Watson Carl. In a word, I love food, I love France, and I love throwing dinner parties. Over the years, I've worked as a personal chef, taught cooking classes, edited cookbooks, written for magazines, tested and styled recipes, and traveled whenever opportunity has arisen. But at heart, there's nothing I love more than sharing a meal with friends around the yellow table.

For me, cooking has always been a way of life. As a (mildly precocious) ten-year old, I planned and prepared a four-course Valentine's dinner for my parents, birthing a lifelong passion for dinner parties. That was just the beginning. I've been cooking ever since, whipping up souffles at a chateau in Burgundy, searing filet mignon for a wealthy client's dog (bizarre, but true), butchering ducks for confit de canard in Paris, baking the night shift in Nashville, and bathing the floor of my NYC apartment in turkey brine...the story continues.


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