About Ann

Ann Ogden-Gaffney is fashionista turned chef and healthy cooking advocate. She is the award-winning author of the James Beard nominated cookbook ‘Cook for your LIFE’, the founder of Cook for Your LIFE, a published academic researcher, and a Dame D’Escoffier.

Ann’s own experience with cancer led her to create both her cookbook and the Cook for Your LIFE website. The website has helped millions of cancer patients and caregivers learn how to cook and eat delicious, real food to promote healthy eating in survivorship, and to nourish and comfort during treatment.

Ann’s work with Cook for Your LIFE has included academic research. Collaborating with researchers at Columbia University and the Fred Hutch Cancer Center in Seattle, Ann has designed several food behavior studies funded by major companies like Aetna, and by the National Institutes of Health. You can read about them here.

Ann’s take on food is not what you’d expect given her focus. Before immersing herself in the world of food and cooking, Ann had a long career in the fashion industry which took her to work and eat, all over the world, first from Paris where she lived for 12 years, and later from New York where she finally settled down. Ann’s food is informed by both her Italian heritage, her extensive travels, and by her love of cooking and adventurous eating. 

Ann’s food is gourmet food that’s the best of both worlds. You can eat to live and live to eat!

To hear Ann talk about her work, and how she got there, listen to this wonderful interview with @rozannegold One Woman Kitchen podcast.

Ann Ogden Gaffney

Latest recipes

Pan Glazed TofuBy Ann GaffneyPan glazed tofu is my new fave.  It gives plain tofu a richness of flavor I hardly thought possible. 
Sourdough CrepesBy Ann GaffneySourdough crepes are an easy dare I say perfect way to use up leftover starter from the baking process. You can eat them straight away or make a batch for the freezer.
Creme Caramel, FlanBy Ann GaffneyCrème caramel, flan, whatever you call it, is the best comfort dessert. Naturally gluten-free yumminess it’s so quick and easy to make!
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This is Ann’s cookbook

James Beard nominated, and the winner of a Books for a Better Life Award, Cook for Your LIFE is wonderfully innovative.

Unlike most cancer cookbook authors, Ann is a survivor who understands first hand how treatment feels and what’s needed to inspire fatigued cancer patients or time strapped caregivers to get up and cook. It is not about food as medicine nor food to cure. It is about the nourishing, comforting foods cancer patients crave.



Ann's class

Ann Ogden Gaffney is a James Beard nominated cookbook Author. For over 12 years, she has taught in-person healthy cooking classes in New York City to cancer patients and care-givers.



Pantry Still Life

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 2020 has been a difficult year to say the least. We all need a break. With this in mind, this year, rather than suggesting what not to eat, I’m keeping my focus on what we can. What we can healthily enjoy, what tastes great, and importantly, what’s easy to make without a ton of skills. I’m going to use my blogs, recipes and Zoom cooking classes to give you practical tips on meal planning, on how to layer more fruits and vegetables into your meals, basically to lay the groundwork to make it easier to cook and eat a sustainable, deliciously varied plant rich diet that’s good for you, and good for the planet. You’ll find without a lot of muss or fuss that you’ll be able to cook in a flexible way that leaves more processed, convenience foods behind. For info on upcoming classes and events,

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