About Jenny


I am a writer and vegan chef. I love riding horses, listening to music, practicing yoga, hiking with my husband and dog, and waking up really early. I love the smell of rain. I believe in unicorns and many of my friends are faeries. I could live on avocados, pickles, and bread. I am convinced that sugar is the devil and feeds cancer. On the topic of cancer, I am terrified of my cell phone and only use speaker phone for fear of radiation and eventual tumors in my ears. I consume an extraordinary amount of tea and cashew cheese.

I’m currently pursuing my MFA in Creative Writing from  University of California Riverside’s Palm Desert Low-Residency program. My dream, of course, is to become published and wildly famous. I just completed my first novel, an epic fantasy. I’m also working on an e-cookbook and a slew of personal essays. And yes, of course there are unicorns in my novel.

Jenny is the owner/head chef of The Nutmeg Cookery, a vegan company specializing in cooking classes, parties and other events in Connecticut. She received her culinary degree from The Natural Gourmet Institute in Manhattan, and certification in plant-based nutrition from Cornell. In addition to cooking classes and parties, Jenny offers nutritional consultations for clients looking to heal their bodies with the power of plant-based foods.


11 thoughts on “About Jenny

    Ashley said:
    July 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Very pretty. Smallest feesh in the sea . . .

    Dennis said:
    August 29, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Wife Maggie would love your recipe for the salad we had that evening at your parents house with the Jordans. She loved it!! Have a great time in Africa. Take care of your Dad on this trip. No helicopters, bunji jumping, or feeding rhinos!!!..we need him back on the golf course.

      J. Z. Manley said:
      August 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Hey Dennis!
      The recipe for the salad is in my latest post: Inoculations from Hell / Quinoa & Black bean salad with Mango.
      It’s one of my favorite recipes- and so simple!
      I’ll take good care of dad, don’t worry 🙂

        J. Z. Manley said:
        August 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        Sorry, the recipe is actually under the Malls post!

    Dennis Brennan said:
    August 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you Jenny, and have a spectacular time on your trip. It truly does sound like a once in a lifetime experience!!

    Alexia Gayle said:
    November 6, 2012 at 1:18 am

    This website kicks ass! just like you in EVERY way!!! I am more that grateful for the recipes and the laughs!! LOVE YOU and THANK YOU!

      J. Z. Manley said:
      November 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Thanks Gayle!! Love you too 🙂

    Wild Juggler said:
    March 18, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Great recipes you have. I’m with you when it comes to sugar, it’s almost like cocaine as far as I’m concerned.

      J. Z. Manley responded:
      March 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Thanks Wild Juggler! I know, when I was at culinary school and we were learning about acidic/expansive foods, refined sugar was right next to cocaine and heroin…scary stuff. Thanks for the follow!

    celestedimilla said:
    August 8, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Hey Jenny! I discovered your blog through Twitter. I’m more active on WordPress than Twitter so I decided to follow you here too. Anyway, you seem like such a cool person! Like you, I’m convinced that sugar is the devil and feeds cancer. Unfortunately, however; I’ve got a sweet tooth and I used to indulge in sugar like crazy. I’m much better now. I typically use date paste in place of sugar in most recipes. Anyway, I’m rambling, I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog and I look forward to more of your posts. Celeste 🙂

      J. Z. Manley responded:
      August 9, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you for the kind words Celeste!! I’m so glad you like my blog and I hope you’ll find some sugar free inspirations here! I love dates too and try to use them in my sweeter recipes, in addition to coconut nectar and maple syrup.

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