Elana Horwich is the founder of Meal and a Spiel, a boutique Beverly Hills cooking school and online recipe resource based on the philosophy that anyone can learn to cook. Her mission is to inspire the “career girl generations” to prepare food with love and consciousness as a way to add healing to the planet. Her recipes reflect a unique crossroads between authentic country Italian and the healthy practices of California. The result is simple rustic fare that prioritizes flavor and indulgence without a food coma.
Born to parents who defrosted, Elana began cooking as a young child because the kitchen was the only place in the house her mother couldn’t find her. She lived in Italy for nearly five years where she was captivated by the cooking sensibilities of the Italian mammas and has been learning from them ever since. This passion for authentic Italian food, however, was met by food sensitivities. Thus, for the past 15 years Elana has been proactively educating herself about the impact of food on the body and with that knowledge has created coveted recipes that relish the healthy and triumph in flavor.
Elana holds a B.A. from Brown University and a M.A. from Middlebury College in Florence, both in Italian Studies. She has written and performed stand-up comedy to Los Angeles audiences, spent 4 years teaching high school World History and has led experiential culinary vacations throughout the boot of Italy.
Elana has appeared on Good Day LA, KCAL, KNBC and KTLA as an expert on healthy holiday cooking. She is the newly appointed Recipe Expert on Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen's YouBeauty.com. Her recipes have appeared in the Huffington Post, on The Daily Meal, and in newspapers throughout the country.