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

White Bean and Farro SoupBy Ann Ogden GaffneyCannellini beans are the classic for this soup, but you can use anything- borlotti, cranberry, pinto, Lima beans, you name it
Leek and Potato SoupBy Ann Ogden GaffneyLeeks are full of grit. It’s easiest to clean them undercold running water after cutting or shredding them.
Potato GaletteBy Ann Ogden GaffneyIt’s important to cook the potatoes slowly. Covering the pan over lowish heat acts a little like an oven. The potatoes cook through in their own steam without burning, releasing their starches to help the slices stick together. Meanwhile the edges of each slice gradually caramelize where they hit the hot bottom of the pan.
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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.



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