I’m Joanne, the writer, photographer, and eater behind Eats Well With Others.

I started this blog back in 2009 during my senior year in college as a way to teach myself how to cook and avoid dorm food (and, consequently, high cholesterol) at all costs. What started as just a spur-of-the-moment whim has morphed into something I spend the majority of my time thinking about, an obsession if you will. This blog has undergone a lot of changes over the past five years, most notably that about two years ago, I embraced a vegetarian whole-foods based lifestyle and haven’t looked back. That being said, I still eat sushi when the mood strikes and I always make room for dessert. Always.  And I hate most salads. Yes, I’m that kind of vegetarian.

During the day, I moonlight as an MD/PhD student in New York City where I spend my hours trying to further elucidate the molecular mechanism of insulin signaling in fat cells. While simultaneously pondering what I should bake next. Suffice it to say, it’s a balance. And I pretty much just don’t sleep.

I also run marathons to raise money for cancer research through Team in Training (and also to mitigate the effects of all of that aforementioned baking). When I first started running with them, I didn’t really have a connection to the cause, but my dad passed away in September of 2012 from liver cancer and suddenly my reasons for doing it became all that more real. If you are even slightly considering training for an endurance event, I highly recommend doing it with them. Let’s just say once you drink the purple Kool-Aid, you never go back.

I currently live in a fairly tiny studio with my boyfriend (commonly referred to as The.Boy) on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. We met online and I am eternally grateful that he doesn’t mind eating lukewarm food or postponing dinner so that I can get that perfect shot.

If you are interested in working with me on product reviews, giveaways, recipe development, food photography, ambassador partnerships or press trips, then please contact me at [email protected].  Or, if you just have a random question about a recipe, life, or just want to say hi, you can contact me there as well!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope I’ve inspired you to get into the kitchen and get cooking.

34 Responses to About

  1. P says:

    Love the new layout Joanne! So simple, sweet, and neat :D!

  2. Helene says:

    I like reading your story, so interesting. My son is studying bio-medical science because he wanted to go to med school, but just decided to do his Doctorate in Psychology. He also raised money for cancer. What I like about it is that today’s young people are so involved in our society and you guys give back a lot. I just subscribed to receive your updates by email. Have a great week-end! 🙂

  3. topslisa says:

    …ran across your site by accident and all the recipes make ya wish we had 50 hours in a day and ate 10x a day!! Love trying new recipes, your generation is doing this “clean eating” type cooking! Love It! I grew up in mid Minnesota with “church cookbook” meals the last 50 years! am thanking you right now for your recipes,ideas,time involved and PICTURES!

  4. Kelly Sanders says:

    Just found your site – love it!! I can’t wait to get cooking!!

  5. […] “a day in the life” is the sweet Joanne of Eats Well With Others. Joanne’s content on her blog is always creative, always gorgeous, […]

  6. Karen says:

    Wish you had a FB page for you food blog. I would like to “like” it so as to get more traffic for you.
    Congrats on your engagement. Your recipes and photography are awesome!

  7. Ordinary J says:

    Wow wow, impressed that you have the time to blog when you are in a MD PHD program. One of my relatives is in medical school now and he literally has no time to anything else other than studying. I need to learn time management from you.

  8. Mary says:

    How do I put a recipe into my recipe box??

  9. Annalyn says:

    I just found your website a few weeks ago and adore your food creations. I just read this ‘About me’ page…and was floored that you are doing this while in medical school. I am in medical school in Georgia and am finding that my love for cooking seems to be growing greater than my love for medicine. I’m guessing your love for life and activities is greater than your love for sleep. Wish I had that! Go you! Amazed by your drive.

  10. Absolutely stunning and delicious website, and I think you’re an absolute superhero to achieve this while working on your (and such a worthwhile) PhD. Amazing!

  11. Irina says:

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog! Your photography is beautiful and all your recipes look delicious. Not to mention, you live in NYC too…and on the Upper East Side like me 🙂

  12. WOAH you blow me AWAY! I get stressed doing 1 blog post a week and doing food writing and working FT!!!! Are you done with med school now?

  13. Rebecca says:

    my boy is the same.. i feel bad! But I’m lucky he’s so patient.

  14. Beth says:

    I love your site, Joanne! It’s nice to find food blogs from other people in grad school like me. 🙂 Keep up the delicious work!

  15. Hebah says:

    Great site – and photos!! Makes me want to open a bakery just as an excuse to try out all your recipes!

  16. Gayatri says:

    You have a fabulous blog, Joanne!! So glad i came across it 🙂 Can’t wait to try out some of your recipes!

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  18. Saffy says:

    I’m glad I came across your blog. You’re so inspirational! I’m in med school too and just recently started blogging. I look forward to seeing more of you!

  19. […] Photos courtesy of: Kate; Kristen; David and Luise; Laura; Lisa; Linda; and Joanne. […]

  20. your writing is so funny! I love your blog, and your recipes looks great!

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  22. You are wonderful. I remember you sharing your “dad post” and how it touched me. Kudos to being superwoman! Sleep is overrated for us Type-A’s =)

  23. Oh my gosh, I’m always excited to see MDs in the food blogging world. There aren’t very many of us but it can be done!

    I’m an MD to be (1 more year) going into Internal Medicine so howdy from Texas! 🙂

  24. Adina says:

    Just found your blog. I had a look through your categories, really great recipes. Love this!

  25. Roger says:

    I will be making the pistachio cake with honey vanilla butter-cream cake for my wifes birthday. She loves pistachio cake. Its always been made with pudding mix.
    I love making pizza. I make my own sourdough pizza dough using a starter,

    thanks for the recipe, I’ll let you know how it turns out.


  26. Sandra Hunter says:

    Sounds good!

  27. Erica says:

    I have just found your site Joanne and it is fabulous. Thank you so much.

  28. Don says:

    Wheres the recipe

  29. Tina says:

    Love your recipes! Hope things are going well for you. My son just graduated from nursing school and especially right now we need all of of you wonderful health professionals! Thanks so much!

  30. Alison El Ayadi says:

    I love your recipes – thanks so much for the inspiration!

  31. Vanessa Malone says:

    It’s so refreshing to read excellent writing. I can’t wait to read more!

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