Chef and author Mia-Rut (Amanda Melpolder’s Hebrew name and pseudonym) is an advocate for healthy, delicious, ecologically friendly food. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s chef training program, she interned with the SchoolFood’s Garden to Cafe Program, helping to bring fresh local food to New York City’s public schools. She is now working as a personal chef – cooking and teaching for private clients.

Mia-Rut’ writing has focused on Judaism and food and has appeared in Jewcy, Jewschool and JSpot among others.   She is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Jew and the Carrot and has led workshops on food and Judaism at the National Havurah Institute and the Park Slope Food Coop. Her earliest intersection of food and religion were potluck dinners in the basement of her family’s church.  Her mother (who is also a lay-minister) grounded her in many of the basics of cooking and the importance of sharing meals with friends and family.  But thinking there was more to life than what she knew in rural Pennsylvania and homemade macaroni and cheese, she began to explore the world by traveling, eating and eventually converted to Judaism.  She now lives in Brooklyn and is working on her first book.