Jill Donenfeld

Jill Donenfeld is the founder of The Culinistas, a weekly home chef service in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. But books, new business ventures, and killer parties make her repertoire a touch more eclectic. Since writing restaurant reviews for Time Out New York and then living in Madagascar where she was inspired to write a cookbook (Mankafy Sakafo: Delicious Meals From Madagascar), Jill has been interested in how mealtime rituals influence societies. Her subsequent cookbook, Party Like a Culinista hit stores in October 2011, published by Lake Isle Press. This year, she started writing for The Huffington Post (a column called Band Bites) and worked on location to write a cookbook for an Indian hotel in Tamil Nadu. Her style, food, and travel has been chronicled in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, The LATimes, Daily Candy, Goop and Entrepreneur. She splits her time between Malibu and Manhattan and almost always says “yes” when invited elsewhere.

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