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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 My professional website is here, and is a tad out of date.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.


cilantro and lemon


You know when you’re at your grocer or farmers’ market and they’re practically giving away cilantro? This recipe is ideal for that time when...
no nightshade minestrone soup

Minestrone Soup

leeks and leeks and leeks and olive oil and butter and salt

Leek Confit

Quick Qatsup

Cauliflower Leek Tots

dal saag

Dal Saag

mac and cheese, maccaroni and cheese

Swimmers’ Mac and Cheese