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About Erik Ness

Somewhere around the age of thirteen I decided I wanted to bake a quiche. It was 1979 and people were already making fun of quiche, deriding it as preppy and foreign and not sufficiently masculine. But a close friend of my grandmother had just published a cookbook, and I wanted to know: What is a quiche? The resulting labors kindled a lifelong interest in cooking, as well as a capacity to destroy a kitchen in short order. I worked as a cook for several seasons at a campus café in college, then for one winter at a wilderness lodge.

In the more than 30 years since I’ve written about science, health, and the environment for a variety of local and national publications. I’ve even occasionally written about food. My professional website is here, and is a tad out of date.

Since 2010 I’ve been personally exploring the challenge of nightshade sensitivity. When I began looking into the details and possible scientific explanations, I found both the tell-tale signs of quackery and a few bread crumbs of evidence that suggested a few plausible hypotheses.

The No Nightshade Kitchen captures the lessons I’ve learned as I’ve reinvented myself as a cook and expanded my understanding of the complex science that connects food and health.

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Simple Nightshade Free Pineapple Salsa

No Nightshade Salsa, Pineapple Style

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There is a world of difference between fresh and canned salsas, and there can be little doubt about the superiority of the fresh variety....
no nightshade minestrone soup

Minestrone Soup

Thai-Style Peanut Noodles

Thai-Style Peanut Noodles

a nightshade free take on borscht

Redacted Borscht

sri lankan chicken curry

Sri Lankan Style Chicken Curry

no nightshade latkes

Latkes

Sri Lankan Spoof Mix

Nightshire Sauce