About the blog

Gumshoe Gastronomy is a food blog with original recipes, photographs, and articles. A word about the articles: a few have little or even nothing to do with food. Instead, they may be travelogues, funny stories, cultural commentaries, or semi-political semi-rants. (I promise to minimize the latter’s frequency, and for those who are uninterested in the topic of the week remember there will always be a tasty new recipe.)

I do my best to eat a whole grains and plant–based diet for environmental, health, and moral reasons, so many of the recipes you see here will be vegan or vegetarian, and some will be gluten-free. That said, I am weak-willed and cannot resist an occasional juicy rib-eye. I’m also very fond of pork. And lobster. Did I mention cheeseburgers?

I have an investigative approach to cooking, hence the name “Gumshoe Gastronomy,” and I’m always looking for new ingredients to use and new techniques and flavor combinations to try. Scattered among my successful experiments, I’ll also share some of my less than stellar moments in the kitchen, for, as we all know, the disasters make for entertaining stories.

I post a new recipe and article every week. If you would like to receive an email update for new posts, please subscribe here.


About the author

Hi, I’m Chloe, the writer, recipe-creator, cook, dishwasher, food stylist, photographer, and webmaster for this blog. Phew, that’s a long list of responsibilities. If only someone paid me for one of them.

I have no formal culinary training, unless avid attention to cookbooks, cooking shows and Cook’s Illustrated articles counts. I do, however, have a knack for creating recipes, the capacity to commit to countless hours in the kitchen, a somewhat unhealthy obsession with cooking healthful food, and an insatiable sweet tooth. Yes, I am a walking contradiction.


I’m from the East Coast, but I currently live in the sunny, smoggy city of Los Angeles. I also lived in Egypt for two years (it seems I have a thing for sun and smog), so you will see a fair number of Middle Eastern recipes and travel stories on this site. I’m a big fan of Indian food (especially saag), dumplings, eggplant, chilies, mangoes, cardamom, kimchi, radishes with butter, sesame noodles, and above all, french fries. I like my steak medium raw and my coffee black.

Feel free to contact me with general questions and comments, or if you live in LA and have a favorite food truck or restaurant you’d like to tell me about.

My email is chloe at gumshoegastronomy dot com.

Oh, and I really like elephants.

6 thoughts on “

  1. Hey Chloe, just checked out your site,very very nice. So good to see and hear from you. I also like elefant,though they tend to be a little fatty! Now, possum and porcupine-dem’s good eatin! Uncle Tom

  2. campfire cooking. Dynamite recipe for fresh fish on the fire. Make sure you have a can opener in your tackle box! Very handy for linguine and clam sauce.

  3. Hi Chloe,

    You may not remember me but we studied in Egypt together. A friend from Berkeley (who lives with me in Jerusalem) posted your recipe for pumpkin cheesecake mousse, and I liked it so I started looking around your blog for other recipes. (I never knew chickpea flour existed! I can’t wait to try something with it.) At some point I saw the “About the author”, and did a double-take when I saw your picture.

    So basically, I just wanted to write to say I hope all is well, I love your blog, and its such a small world!


  4. Hi Jess! Yes, I do remember you – I think we had Arabic class together? It’s so funny that you randomly stumbled across my blog.

    I hope all is well with you in Jerusalem – what an eventful time to be living there! I’m sure you’d be able to find chickpea flour (it’s sometimes called gram flour).

    Let me know if you’re ever in Los Angeles!


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