Aliza Green

Chef | Consultant | Author

First Christian Church

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Aliza to be Guest Chef at The Inn at Woodloch, January 7 to 9, 2016

I am happy to say that I will be guest chef in residence from January 7 to 9th at the gorgeous spa/retreat in the Poconos, The Inn at Woodloch. Follow this link for details: Aliza at the Inn at Woodloch. I’ll be doing a demo of a spice blend and a delicious vegan soup from my newest book, The Magic of Spice Blends, attending a reception and Q & A in my honor, and meeting with the chefs for a career discussion. Many thanks to my friend, Tina Breslow, of Breslow Partners for arranging this culinary get-away.AKP-TLAW-WINTER-2014-1


Three veteran Philly chefs

20151102_180055I attended the recent Philly C-CAP Gala honoring the major culinary contributions to the city of Philadelphia of Chef Jean-Marie LaCroix, longtime executive chef of the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia and mentor to a generation of chefs. With him is his colleague and sometimes rival, Chef Georges Perrier. I never worked with Chef LaCroix but know him as a fellow Philly culinarian from my days at A’Propos in the 80s where I worked with his lovely wife, Vivienne. And, I almost went to work for Chef Perrier but instead chose to go work at A’Propos where I cooked Mediterranean-inspired California-style cuisine with a wood-oven and mesquite grill. Although I was torn by it, I made the right decision because three months after I started, I got pregnant. A few years later, I was honored to be asked by Chef Perrier to co-author his cookbook–a wonderful opportunity for me and an experience that I will always treasure. Vive La France!


How and Why I Cook

Aliza at Vegan Cooking Class 05 23 15I cook to make people happy:

Sharing a meal is a sacred act that brings people together, encourages conversation, and helps us relax, digest, and take pleasure in the small joys of civilized everyday life: friendship, good food, lively discussion, and maybe a bottle of wine to share. Food that calls too much attention to itself and demands quiet adulation gets in the way of lusty enjoyment.

I cook on the spot:20

I am inspired to cook food from places that I’ve traveled to or have had the opportunity to learn directly from local cooks. Earlier in my career, as chef of a Northern Italian restaurant, I studied Italian for five years to connect with Italian culinarians and learn their stories and culinary secrets. In my cooking, I emphasize food from the Mediterranean region, especially Greece and Turkey, where I’ve studied cooking;; from Tunisia and Morocco, cuisine that I learned by working with local chefs; from Mexico where I lived in my early teens: from Israel where I attended first grade; and from Brazil, India, and the Caribbean, all places where I’ve had the opportunity to travel and cook.

I believe food should look like what it is, not something else:

To me, presentation should showcase the essence of the food, not because of elaborate plate-painting and arranging food with surgical tweezers. Too many hands and too much fussiness get in the way of flavor and simplicity. I avoid plate painting, complex plate designs, tiny, precisely-cut vegetables, and molded food. Instead I might cook whole lamb shoulder on the bone, rub it with homemade Ras el Hanout spice then slow-roast it, pull it from the bone and serve it surrounding a whole roasted lamb shoulder on the bone.

Make it, don’t fake it:

At Baba Olga’s Cafe & Supper Club, where I serve as chef, we make all our own foods including hors d’oeuvres, desserts, sauces, stocks, even our own spice and herb blends. The vanilla in our baked goods comes from vanilla beans that we soak in rum. The flavorful butter comes from Vermont, famed for its high-quality dairy products, and our eggs are brown shell that we crack (never from a carton). We ripen our fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and peaches to increase juiciness and flavor. I avoid purchasing processed foods so, as many people comment, “our food tastes clean.” Oil is extra-virgin olive or canola for light, fruity flavor.

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For our own health and the health of our planet’s environment, I aim to cook and eat deliciously healthy by serving foods that are 80 percent vegetable and legume based and 20 percent animal protein. I emphasize local vegetables, greens, legumes, and fruits. My first book, The Bean Bible published in 2000 was an early look at the amazing variety of flavors, colors, and shapes of legumes. Beans are beneficial to our health and put needed nitrogen back into the soil and we should all be eating more of them and less red meat. So, I make dishes like red lentil cakes with date-tamarind chutney, hummus with chipotle, and Moroccan white bean and tuna salad with chermoula.

I cook food with roots:

My cooking is inspired by traditional foods in many parts of the world, often the food of women who pass down their knowledge from generation to generation. I avoid arbitrary combinations and foods with too many, often unrelated components. Foods have a reason that they go together—basil and tomato, beans and greens, lamb and mint, lemon and olive oil–for the sake of the garden the palate and for ease of digestion so you won’t leave feeling uncomfortably overstuffed.

I cook seasonally and locally:

While I live in a part of the country with cold winters, so our growing season is not year-round, I work with as many local farms as possible, something I’ve been doing as a chef since 1980.  We work closely with Common Market, a local aggregator of foods from farms in the Tri-State region, Green Meadow Farm in Gap, Pennsylvania, who I’ve been buying from since the late 80s, and from the closest farm of all, Heritage Farm, on the grounds of the Methodist Home for Children on Belmont Avenue. I serve only local strawberries when they are in-season so they are a late spring treat rather than more of the same commercial berries shipped unripe across-country.

I aim to be creative with trimmings and by-product:

I do my best to use every part of the food in the interest of environmental awareness and lower food costs, which allows me to buy the best quality ingredients and keep prices reasonable. We treat the food with respect and don’t waste it. So, chard leaves are cooked as greens while the stems become part of our Greek vegetable Briami; corn kernels are cut off the cob while the cobs go into the pot to make sweet, golden corn cob stock for soup; herb stems are saved for soups and stews, while the leaves flavor and add shape and color to finished dishes;; chicken trimmings become stock while its fat is rendered to make chicken schmaltz.

Leftovers are an opportunity to make new culinary delights:

One of the tests of a chef is how well he/she can turn excess of one dish or its components into a wonderful new dish. So, I roast mushrooms for a warm mushroom salad and turn leftover mushrooms into a rich filling for our hand-formed mushroom fillo turnovers. Prosciutto is sliced for salad and other appetizers, the valuable skin and fat are simmered with red beans to make Caribbean style red beans and rice or Tuscan white bean soup.

Sri Lankan Vegetable Curry 12 12 15Preserving allows me to work with high-quality local ingredients out of season:

I pickle vegetables like Roma beans, okra, and mushrooms to serve on mezze and antipasto trays. To build up my stash for winter, I freeze things like corn kernels cut off the cob, raspberries and blackberries, and even local tomatoes. We use tomato juice pressed from local tomatoes and packed in glass jars throughout the year.

The uglier the produce, the better it tastes:

Lumpy produce with bad spots here and there that must be trimmed will be the best tasting, ripest produce. I buy large quantities of deliciously colorful heirloom tomato seconds to make into tomato-basil sauce which we freeze and then use in our catering menus and for other dishes where that taste of summer is so welcome in cold weather months.

I focus on environment awareness:

I cut down on waste by using every part of the product, save all our food scraps for compostAncient  Grains Salading, use compostable, recyclable paper goods, serve filtered rather than bottle water, buy local so shipping distances are less, and work to serve foods lower on the food chain, which require less water and other natural resources to produce.The fish I purchase is MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified. The meats I serve are sustainable and come from smaller local farms.

Too Many Chives; How to Store Herbs; Where to Buy Field Guide to Herbs & Spices

Everyone should have this guide to herbs and spices on their bookshelves

Everyone should have this guide to herbs and spices on their bookshelves

If you’ve got far too many chives–and they’re doing so well with all the rain we’ve been getting, see my tips for using chives which appear in this article in the Washington Post Food Section:

Of all the books I’ve written, Field Guide to Herbs & Spices is still a personal favorite that I turn to again and again. I include the names of each herb and spice in 15 to 20 languages, depending on where in the world it is used most, their scientific names, common uses around the world, characteristics, how to choose, store, and use them, flavor affinities, and simple preparations and recipes. The book has been translated into French and Spanish. I had to come up with 240 (!) different herbs and spices to do the photos and had shipments arriving from Australia, Sri Lanka, Wellsweep Farm–an amazing herb farm in New Jersey–Mexico, the Caribbean, Italy, Greece, and Turkey. So much fun! My dream is to write another spice book, this time focusing on spice blends.

How to store herbs and spices from an article I was interviewed for in Real Simple Magazine

Here’s a link to the World Spice Merchant’s page about my book: Check out the gorgeous blossoming chives on the cover from my own herb garden. The white blossoms from Chives chives are also delicious–just make sure to pull the blossoms off the tougher calyx for both types before using.





Aliza Green is a Creative and Innovative Food Consultant Specializing in International & Sustainable Cuisine

Aliza Green is a culinary innovator, a ground-breaking chef and industry leader, and a creative and experienced consultant. Her specialties include sustainable foods, local/regional cooking, made-from-scratch recipes, seasonal produce, herbs & spices, fish & seafood, kosher cuisine, Italian cuisine, fresh pasta, gelato, homestyle baking, Mediterranean cuisine, soupmaking, healthy cooking.  


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Aliza on WMCN with Dawn Stensland and Making Artisan Pasta

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I had the pleasure of appearing on WMCN with Dawn Stensland to promote Making Artisan Pasta. See the video for a chance to see some of the brightly colored veggie pastas I love to make, including parsley, spinach, asparagus, beet, red pepper, and even chocolate pasta. I serve it for dessert with a sauce of crushed cocoa nibs, toasted hazelnuts, brown butter, a little brandy and honey. I top the pasta with grated “cheese”–actually white chocolate.

Any questions about fresh pasta, please send them to me on the Ask Aliza Tab and I’ll be sure to answer.

Happy Pasta Making!



Chef Aliza Green & Chef Al Paris Puglia Dinner at Heirloom Restaurant, Chestnut Hill, 2/19/13


Sipping wine in Unesco World heritage town of Alberobello

Please join Aliza Green & Al Paris as they prepare a dinner of Puglian specialties at Heirloom Restaurant on February 19, 2013.

To make your reservation at Heirloom for the “Flavors of Puglia” Dinner on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, please call the restaurant directly at 215.242.2700.  Seatings are 5:30/6:00pm and 8:00/8:30pm for this one night only event. Pricing is $75.00 per person (not including tax or gratuity). Note that the restaurant is BYOB.

Below is the menu.

Award Winning Cookbook Author



 The Flavors of Puglia


Stuffed Roast Peppers  anchovies~capers~pine nuts~currants Focaccia of Burnt Wheat  cherry tomatoes~green olives Vegetarian Broccoli & Cauliflower “Meatballs”

Warm Fava Bean Puree   wilted cicoria greens



Puglian crusty rice~mussels~potato paella or


creamy cheese~burst tomato~ arugula pesto



Roast Orata

Mediterranean sea bream~fennel~black olives~crispy capers or


handmade ricotta pasta~lamb ragu~garden peas or


grilled artichokes~local farm egg~mint~cipollini onion



Red Wine & Honey Poached Figs

bittersweet chocolate ganache

Ruby Grapefruit Crostata

almond crema~cactus pear~blood orange



crispy semolina gnocchi~anisette-tangerine syrup

Aliza Makes Artisan Pasta on ABC Television Philadelphia

Click on this link Making Artisan Pasta at Fante’s to see me preparing fresh pasta at Fante’s Kitchenware in the Ninth Street Italian Market, Philadelphia. Please send me your comments and pasta questions by clicking on the Ask Aliza tab on my website.


For Pasta & Wine Lover’s: Aliza’s tour of the Tuscan Maremma & Umbria October 3 to 13, 2012

Italian Maremma & Umbria: A Pasta & Wine Lover’s Culinary Tour with Aliza Green: October 3 –13, 2012

Join Aliza Green, Italian food expert and author of 12 cookbooks, including Making Artisan Pasta, for a 10-day small-group exploration of autumn culinary delights, fresh pasta, and wine in wild, ancient Etruscan Maremma and Umbria, “Italy’s green heart.”

Visit Tarquinia and fifteenth-century Palazzo Vitelleschi with its fabulous winged horses.   Stay at Ramerino in the heart of the wild Maremma in southwestern Tuscany. Dine at small, local restaurants and meet the chefs. Visit medieval towns Suvereto, Massa Marittima, and Campiglia-Marittima. Pasta demonstration by “mama” at tiny Taverna del Tiburzi. Chocolate and wine pairing workshop with cioccolataio Dominico d’Affronto. Relax at Terme Calidario, elegant Etruscan/Roman style spa.

Tour Barrati Archeological Park on the site of an ancient Etruscan iron-working village. Decorate with fruits, vegetables, and flowers with Fiorella Falavigna De Leo.

Walk the beautiful trails at Ramerino then enjoy a special meal prepared by master salumaio (cured meat specialist), Davide Fedele. Tour and tasting at hyper-local sheep cheese farm, Podere Paterno, powered by geothermic steam. Tour and tasting at renowned Super-Tuscan Winery Petra designed by star-chitect Mario Botto.

Guided tour of Pitigliano (“la piccola gerusalemme”) by local expert with visit to the old Jewish quarter followed by lunch of Jewish specialties.

In Orvieto, stay at the Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini in a restored Renaissance palazzo. Welcome reception at La Champagneria. Tour and tasting at Castello della Sala winery in a medieval castle. Dinner and hand-stretched pasta demo with Chef Valentina Santanicchio. Tour, tasting, and leisurely lunch overlooking the vineyards at Falesco Winery.

Visit to Monterubaglio with demo by three local pasta queens, then a hands-on class with Chef Velia de Angelis. Gala farewell dinner at La Badia, a restored 12th century abbey.

Land Package Price:  $4,985.00* per person based on two sharing

Single Supplement:   $895.00 limited availability, please inquire

*Price subject to revision at 90 days prior to travel date. Rate is based on a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 14 guests traveling together throughout. Price based on currency exchange as of March 2, 2012.


  • Hosted throughout by Epicopia Experience Director, Aliza Green
  • Transportation to and from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport
  • All transfers and baggage handling
  • 10 nights’ accommodation (as listed or similar)
  • Daily breakfast, 8 lunches, and 9 dinners (total of 3 meals on own)
  • Limited local wines (or non-alcoholic beverages) with included meals
  • Transportation by deluxe mini-coach with an experienced, professional driver
  • All cooking classes and demonstrations
  • Licensed professional guide in Pitigliano and Barrati
  • 3 winery visits & tastings
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites according to the itinerary
  • VAT and other taxes
  • Signed copy of Aliza Green’s Making Artisan Pasta upon your return
  • Welcome package


Not included:

  • Gratuities to driver and guides
  • Two lunches and one dinner not included in the itinerary
  • International airfares to/from Rome
  • Travel Protection and Cancellation Insurance is recommended (must provide proof of coverage or signed statement)
For reservations contact:  For additional information contact:
Epicopia Culinary Journeys5042 Rabbit Ridge Court

Rockwall, Texas 75032 USA

Tel:  972.771.3510 or 877.661.3844

Aliza Green215.635.0651



Calling All Foodies: Fight the Chains and Win one of Aliza Green’s cookbooks

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 (Portland, Oregon, USA  25 February 2012) – Today announced the launch of “Fight the Chains!”  – calling all foodies to support a crowdsourced fundraising drive to develop key technology tools in support of its effort to preserve and promote culinary cultures, food and drink businesses, culinarian people and groups, and foodie destinations. “Nobody we know wants to be eating and drinking the same global burgers and coffees for the rest of their lives. We must fight back and support independent businesses.” says Erik Wolf, Founder and CEO of the International Culinary tourism Association and Interested parties can support the campaign directly at


Funds raised from this campaign will help build key technology tools like FoodTrekker’s Tasting Team module, which enables its Tasting Team – independent food/drink journalists and chefs like Aliza Green and Harry Pagancoss (two of FoodTrekker’s advisors) – to maintain an online portfolio, write about food & drink businesses, connect with their audiences, and showcase their original food/drink editorial, photo and video content in multiple languages.  This is just one of the ways FoodTrekker helps support independent food and drink businesses.



Multinational chains swallow customers from independent food and drink businesses.  Since 2008, according to leading market research firm The NPD Group, a shocking 87% of restaurant industry traffic lost has been at independent restaurants. In other words, people are eating more at chains, and less at independent food and drink establishments.  “The independents don’t have the same deep pockets as the chains. It’s harder for us to survive,” says Tommy Klauber, a serial entrepreneur and owner of Pattigeorge’s Restaurant, Polo Grill & Bar and other independent foodservice businesses in Florida. Chains tend to export profits to corporate headquarters, leaving a smaller local economic impact than residents realize.


Campaign donors can choose cool rewards like cookbooks by James Beard-award winning author Aliza Green or celebrity chef & Association spokesperson Harry Pagancoss; a customized culinary tour in the US city of your choice; or even a personal celebrity chef cooking lesson in Portland, Oregon –home to the hottest culinary scene in the USA.

ABOUT FOODTREKKER is new kind of sales and marketing platform for all kinds of independent food and drink businesses and people. It covers a lot more than just restaurants – think the long tail of the food industry, including cooking schools, wineries & breweries, small food producers, farms & farmers’ markets, culinary magazines, chefs, food writers and much more. Big chains are banned. Unique to the site is proprietary matchmaking technology, which pairs foodies perfectly to the kinds of culinary experiences they’ll truly love. FoodTrekker just soft launched in its hometown of Portland, Oregon, with more cities and features coming soon.


Crowdsourcing projects are a new way for new projects to raise the money they need to grow. Crowdsourced projects are all the rage now – with some garnering over US$1 million in a single campaign. Crowdsourcing works because it is funded by billions of raving fans,


Erik Wolf, CEO and Founder,, (+1) 503-213-3700


About International Culinary Tourism Association (ICTA) and FoodTrekker The ICTA is the world’s leading authority on culinary travel, with 16,000 members in 120 countries. The Association offers education and product development solutions to the world’s food and travel industries. FoodTrekker is a consumer-facing site that focuses on the preservation and promotion of the world’s culinary cultures.  Visit and for more information.