About Me

On vacation in Bodrum. 
Here's a little more about me. Since I love lists so much, I thought I'd make a list of 10 things you don't know about me. 


1. I am 100 % Turkish but was born and raised in Northern California. After spending 4 years in Istanbul, Turkey after college working at Time Out Istanbul Magazine, I now live in New York. I love both places a lot and find myself constantly torn between the two. 


2. I majored in Philosophy and minored in Italian at the University of Southern California. Go Trojans! After working as Editor in Chief of Time Out Istanbul Magazine for three years, I have now switched gears completely and am pursuing a degree in Clinical Nutrition


3. Some of my interests include baking and cooking, running, anything on the Bravo Network, wine, pastries, traveling, magazines, cookbooks and nutrition! I am fascinated by the link between nutrition and disease, and hope to study this in grad school. 


My first race; a 5K.
4. I was a vegan for a while and am now a pescatarian or fish-eating vegetarian. I however don't like to label myself that much. I believe it is more important to eat a plant-heavy diet than to NEVER eat meat. Most days I follow a vegan diet, but I also indulge in cheese and ice cream when I want. 


5. My favorite movie of all time is Woody Allen's Annie Hall. I'm also a huge scary movie freak and watch almost all the scary movies that come out at the theater. I like the communal experience. I thought Orphan and Paranormal Activity were two of the best scary movies of 2010. 


6. I am a runner. I woke up one day in 2010 and decided I wanted to be a runner and have been hooked ever since. I prefer to run outside and am enjoying running races. I ran my second, a 10K, in October 2011. It's a huge passion of mine. 


7. I moved to New York in 2011 and live in the coolest neighborhood. I am fulfilling a life-long dream of living in New York while young, and it's amazing. 


8. I'm loving blogging a lot more than I thought I would and have found it's a really wonderful way to vent and share my thoughts


9. I am a die-hard Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) fan and have seen every episode of her show on the Food Network. I think she is wonderful and would kind of like to be her. Some of my other heroes include Martha Stewart, Marion Nestle, Neal Barnard, my parents and sister and Rachel Zoe. 


Cooking at our house in California. 
10. I love following other cooking blogs and some of my favorites include Healthy Tipping Point, It Ain't Meat, BabeOh She Glows and Smitten Kitchen


If you have any questions, feel free to email me at esenboya@gmail.com. 


Thanks for stopping by! 

About Me

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Istanbul, Turkey
Cookbooks and Cake is a blog about healthy cooking and feeling good from within. I'm very interested in disease prevention through diet and believe vegetarianism is a great way to be healthy and prevent disease. I also, however, love to bake, so you'll find delicious homemade treats on here as well. Being that I am looking to get a degree in Clinical Nutrition, I will also write about studies in nutrition that I find interesting. Enjoy!

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