Lisa Kamolnick

Hi! I’m Lisa Kamolnick—the human behind Food Passages.

I’m a poet, photographer, student of nature and humanity … and food lover. My fascination with food, culture, and humanity led me to start this blog and I (sometimes very) sporadically post stories and recipes here.

Something for everyone

I’ve learned through the years that food is an extremely personal choice and experience. That’s why you’ll often find options in my recipes to satisfy diverse dietary choices and restrictions.

I approach food preparation mindful of the needs and wants of the people who will receive it. I truly believe and have seen in practice, that with a little thought, everyone who sits at your dining table can have a satisfying experience.

Influences and inspiration

My love affair with food began as a kid. Early influences included dishes served at family meals, special family gatherings and the many potlucks my parents attended or hosted as part of military life. My mom put me to work in the kitchen young, and by high school I made a family meal about once a week. Back then, I loved making desserts most.

Growing up, I lived and traveled in North America and Europe, where I broadened my culinary horizons. Although I’ve spent my adult life on Florida’s Emerald Coast and surrounded by mountains in northeast Tennessee, my culinary interests have taken me virtually around the world.

A few more details …

Since 2007, I’ve called the Tri-Cities area of northeast Tennessee home. I live with husband Paul and two rescue pets: our dog, Oliver, and our cat, Carl. (Our third cat, Kipper, passed way this spring.) I’m stepmom to three active adults and a former foster parent.

I believe the greatest gift of humans is our capacity to love. I believe the best way to find yourself is to disappear into the natural world, and two of my favorite places to do so are northeast Tennessee’s highlands and northwest Florida’s sugar-white sands and emerald green waters. And I believe a delicious meal shared with people you love never fails to turn a moment into a memory.

Thanks for stopping by—

Lisa K. 

“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.” 

— Laurie Colwin

Want to learn more about my poetry and photography? Visit lisakamolnick.com.