Hi! Welcome to Turnip the Oven. My name is Lucy. I live in the lower Hudson Valley with my husband and our toddler son. I work part-time at a publishing house in New York, and I’ve also written two cookbooks, and edited, coauthored, and recipe tested many others. You might also recognize me from my columns back at Serious Eats, or for my articles for The Journal News and Westchester Magazine.
I started my blog in September 2014. Back then it was called Cheating Vegan. I’m not vegan, but I am a vegetable lover, and passionate about eating healthfully, sustainably, and deliciously. That means moving vegetables to the middle of the plate, and cutting back significantly on animal products. I firmly believe that you don’t have to be a “perfect” vegan or vegetarian to reap the enormous benefits of a plant-based diet, and to do something good for your family, for animals, and for the environment. Simply incorporating more vegetable-focused meals into your diet can have a huge impact.
In July 2015 I changed the name of my blog to Turnip the Oven because, if you know me, you know how much I love to bake! As enthusiastic as I am about vegetables, I also wanted to share my recipes for cakes, cookies, crumbles, pies, and (my all-time favorite) classic New England hermits. I felt that having the word “vegan” my name was misleading. Additionally, it was confusing to people I work with. Everyone from my editor at The Journal News to my literary agent was asking me if I was vegan, and if I was still interested in non-vegan food writing projects. (No and yes!)
So here we are today. Turnip the Oven is my collection of easy, everyday recipes, mostly for vegetables and sometimes for dessert. I make every effort to keep my ingredient lists natural, short, and supermarket-friendly. Many of my desserts feature whole grains or are gluten-free, and I aim to be judicious with butter and sugar.
I hope you enjoy my recipes, and that I inspire you to eat more plants, and bake like no one is watching!
WORK WITH ME:
I am available for brand partnerships, content marketing, and freelance opportunities including:
Recipe testing and development
Writing and editing
If you are interested in working with me, send me an email.