Berkeley food blogger serves up gluten-free food for all

Erin Scott is the voice behind the blog Yummy Supper. Photo: Erin Scott

Food, portrait, and lifestyle photographer Erin Scott, who lives in North Berkeley, is the voice behind the popular blog Yummy Supper, a source for simple, seasonal, and gluten-free recipes accompanied by sumptuous photos that would whet any eater’s appetite — the gluten-free or not.

Scott is also currently recipe testing for her upcoming cookbook, The Yummy Supper: 100 Fresh, Luscious, and Honest Recipes from a (Gluten-Free) Omnivore.

Many of her ideas feature ingredients picked from her backyard garden, which boasts fragrant herbs, salad and saute greens, and citrus trees.

Scott’s images has been featured on the food porn sites foodgawker and tastespotting and her recipes and photography have gotten nods from sites such as Gourmet Live, Glamour, and Fine Cooking.

With a background in fashion and design, and as the former co-owner of the clothing store August in Oakland, Scott never thought she’d end up spending most days in the kitchen taking pictures.

But her dad gave her a leather-bound Polaroid when she was little so she started snapping photos at an early age.  Scott also enjoyed cooking beside her mom as a young child, and planning, making, and eating a nourishing supper has brought pleasure ever since.

Over nectarine friands and lemon verbena tea, Scott, 41, spoke with Berkeleyside this week about her blog, pending cookbook, and eating well with her husband and two kale-munching kids.

Spinach-mushroom galette from Yummy Supper. Photo: Erin Scott

Why did you start a food blog?

Four years ago, we had to remove gluten from our kitchen when I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. (We also learned that both of our kids are gluten-intolerant.)

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, it’s in many recipes — we’re a wheat culture.  Initially, I was devastated; I felt sorry for myself and my family and I lost a lot of the pleasure I’d found in food.

But before long, I decided to try to regain the happiness I’d always felt in the kitchen. I started seeing this ‘limitation’ as motivation to expand my cooking repertoire, become more creative in my approach to eating, and even grow my own food.

I’d never looked at food blogs before but I was spending so much time thinking about food and trying new recipes that I thought it would be good to share them with others to enjoy. Ever since, I have found myself feeling anything but deprived — we eat well, we feel healthy, and I’ve developed this whole community online which has lead to photography work, a cookbook, and a whole new career.

How did you come up with your blog name, Yummy Supper?

It’s funny, that’s the first thing that came to mind. I didn’t think about it as this title that would stick around, but for the most part I would still choose it. I wanted my blog to have a playful quality to it, a joy and ease around food, and for me, if something tastes really good, it’s yummy.

The word supper can really mean anything — eggs, soup, a big meal with family and friends, or a dinner for one — I wanted a word that fit with all kinds of food and that wasn’t formal. I wanted something that evoked warmth and comfort. I love the word supper.

What’s your philosophy behind food?

I believe that freshness, seasonal abundance, and simple preparation — along with the joy of cooking  — are the magical combination that makes the best meals. I’m also a very visual person: aesthetics are important to me. I want my food to look good enough to eat.

Breakfast salad. Photo: Erin Scott

Can you share a few recipes from the site?
Sure. Breakfast Salad is popular, an easy morning meal in a bowl. Momofuku’s Pulled Pork is a crowdpleaser and meaty family fave.

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles is a simple recipe and fun in the kitchen with my kiddos. And Spinach Galette with Wild Mushrooms is healthy and surprisingly gluten free.

What might gluten eaters learn from your cookbook?

That you don’t have to buy a bunch of special pantry products or eat highly processed foods to eat gluten free — and that gluten-free dishes can taste terrific too.

Do you mostly cook at home or eat out?

We mostly cook at home — all of us. My husband is an excellent prep chef, a fast and fastidious chopper, and he likes to grill too. That allows me to have time to play with flavors and experiment with recipes.

The kids enjoy baking but they’ve also made the whole family a meal. My son goes to King Middle School and he loves the Edible Schoolyard. One night he and his sister made a greens and grains recipe he’d learned at school. It had amaranth, quinoa, and kale and it was delicious.

Yummy Supper popsicles. Photo: Erin Scott

Where do you go around town when you do eat out?

We want something safe for us to eat, easy, and family-friendly. For us that means Picante, the kids love it and they do a chicken soup that’s hearty, warm, and satisfying. We also go to Zachary’s because they do a good gluten-free, thin pizza crust. Sketch is a favorite: Burnt caramel ice cream, macaroons, and pudding cake, there’s a lot of gluten-free options there. Sketch is a happy place for our family.

Sarah Henry is the voice behind Lettuce Eat Kale. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Related:

Sketch ice creamery returns to Berkeley’s Fourth Street (08.24.12)
Phyllis Grant: Not your average mommy food blogger (01.27.12)

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  • http://www.510families.com/ Whitney {510 Families}

    Aww man, I was at the bus stop with Erin every morning, yet we never swapped names or professions. I wish I had known she is a fellow blogger!

  • John V.

    Erin, your website seems to be broken, at least under Firefox 15.0.1.

  • TizziLish

    I look forward to Sarah Henry’s columns, in spite of some forceful criticism of a couple of her columns in the past. This note is not really criticism, honest. I am reflecting an experience I had reading this column.

    Ms. Henry refers to food porn early in her discussion of Ms. Scott’s food.  I have been seeing the word porn used more and more frequently. Real estate porn. Fashion porn. Food porn.
    For me, porn connotates sexual porn and excess and poor values. But I looked it up on dictionary.com and here is what dictionary.com says it means, so Ms. Henry, the skilled pro writer, used it correctly:

    television shows, articles, photographs, etc., thought tocreate or satisfy an excessive desire for something,especially something luxurious: the irresistible appeal of foodporn; an addiction to real-estate porn.I can’t find fault with the use of the phrase ‘food porn’ in this article and yet I see a subtle cultural decline in the rising use of the word porn.  Something seems out of balance, and, at least this is my instinct, reflects our consumerist/capitalist economic culture when we as a society seek to ‘create or satisfy an excessive desire for something’.  Excessive seems a little excessive.Foodies get a little caught up in food.  Can’t we just have illustrations of food, or illustratrations of appetizing food? Do we have to create and then satisfy excessive desire for something as basic as, um, food? It seems pornographic to use the word porn so much. Just using the word porn is creating excessive desire, isn’t it?

    Otherwise, I loved this story and I am glad to know about Ms Scott.  I’m not going gluten free . . . unless Ms. Scott can convince me there are gluten free foods that will naturally help my body metabolize glucose. My focus on food these days is to keep my diabetes in remission without drugs. Food as healing instead of drugs, that’s what food means to me. And life.  I need food to live. I do not need to create and foster excessive desire for food. Just moderate.Say, I just ordered some buckwheat seeds to sprout. I wonder if buckwheat is gluten free?! I can google it.

  • TizziLish

    I’m going to leave my (gentle, I hope) rant up but after I posted it, it occurred to me that it probably is a good thing to foster an excessive desire to eat well, to excite people to learn more and more about eating healthy and gluten-free is a healthy, necessary choice for some. I withdraw my petty gripe about the phrase food porn.

  • Kyle Cornforth

    So glad to hear that a student brought a recipe home! Here is a link to the recipe on the Edible Schoolyard website: http://edibleschoolyard.org/sites/default/files/Saut%C3%A9ed_Greens_Recipe.pdf. You could also watch a video of this lesson here: http://edibleschoolyard.org/resource/greens-over-grains

  • Sherry Fredley

    Gluten free is so important for many these days. I love seeing a fellow blogger featured. Good for her!!!