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Organic Gourmet Cousine

Organic Gourmet Cuisine


Our food is organic, natural and delicious. Leslie Cerier, the original “Organic Gourmet,” is River Story’s head chef. Leslie will not only prepare scrumptious meals, but will also teach us the art of bringing healthy, local, organic food from farm to table with ease.


Leslie CerierFor over twenty years, Leslie Cerier, “The Organic Gourmet” has been teaching culinary nutrition and hands-on vegetarian cooking for health and vitality, as well as writing cookbooks and articles focusing on eating local, seasonal, organic foods that are not just good for you, but also pleasurable, delicious and good for the planet.

Leslie Cerier is the author of five cookbooks: Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook, A Seasonal Vegetarian Cookbook (New Harbinger Publications, 2010), which was named one of the 12 best cookbooks of 2010 by Natural Solutions Magazine; Going Wild in the Kitchen (Square One Publishers, 2005); The Quick and Easy Organic Gourmet (Barrytown Ltd, 1996); co-author of Sea Vegetable Celebration (The Book Publishing Company, 2001); and editor of Taste Life! Organic Recipes (Square One Publishers, 2002).


Leslie has also developed many recipes for natural foods companies, including Green and Blacks (organic chocolate), Coombs Vermont Gourmet (organic maple syrup) Lotus Foods (Jade pearl rice and Madagascar pink rice), and The Teff Company. Naturally, the perfect marriage of her culinary knowledge and aptitude has also resulted in many requested appearances around the country. Leslie has been interviewed by the Television Food Network, WGBY PBS TV, NBC TV affiliate Channel 22, Foxnews.com, jazzyvegetarian.com and numerous national radio programs and her recipes have been featured on dozens of websites, blogs, and even food packages including: naturalsolutionsmag.com, wholegrainscouncil.org, Kripalu.org, naturaleyecare.com, vegkitchen.com, vegtv.com, organiccenter.org, allthingshealing.com, bobsredmill.com, shilohfarms.com, lotusfoods.com, navitasnaturals.com, frontiercoop.com, jazzyvegetarian.com, among others.


Leslie also teaches exciting classes in some of the most prestigious centers of holistic evolution and organic lifestyle. These include Rancho La Puerta,a famous fitness resort and spa in Mexico; Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, CA; and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Kripalu workshops offer continuing education credits for Dieticians and Athletic Trainers.

Leslie has also taught nutritionists at Canyon Ranch,and has lectured and taught cooking at Frontier Natural Products Co-op’s Herb Fest, Northeast Organic Farming Association, Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health, Omega Institute, Open Center, The 3rd Annual Gluten-Free Culinary Summit, and Whole Foods New England Demo.