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5 Questions for Ellen Zachos

Ellen Zachos

What's the one thing that's a must in this world?

Good food.

What is the best purchase you've ever made?

Vitamix blender and Excaliber dehydrator.

What brings you the greatest joy?

My husband, my family, my friends, and my cat.

What's your favorite smell in the whole world?

A moist forest full of mushrooms.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

Make sure you love your work because you'll be doing it every day.

Ellen Zachos shares seasonal recipes and tips on foraging at She teaches foraged mixology workshops to bartenders in partnership with Rémy Cointreau USA, and is a regular contributor to several Edible magazines. A longtime instructor at the New York Botanic Garden, Zachos is the author of six books, including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat. For more on Ellen check out