Hi, I'm Alanna! Recovering pastry chef-turned food photographer and award-winning cookbook author.
THE BOJON GOURMET is a celebration of the sweet, savory, and occasionally boozy recipes that I create in my San Francisco kitchen. As a gluten-free former baker and pastry chef, my recipes mostly center around gluten-free baking recipes such as cookies, cakes, and pies.
Most of my recipes are vegetarian, gluten-free, and some are even vegan and/or paleo-friendly. Many include seasonal produce such as rhubarb, lemon, or apple. Other flavors I love are chocolate, tahini, and goat cheese.
I started this site in 2009 during a stint of funemployment and borrowed the term "bojon" (no job, backwards) from a friend. One facet of the tao of Bojon involves immersing oneself in the present moment, and I never feel more zen than when I'm creating, photographing, writing about, and (mostly!) eating something delectable. Read more about the Tao of Bojon here.
I dreamed of being pastry chef since I learned, at the age of eight, that such a job existed. I studied baking and pastry at Tante Marie's in San Francisco, and worked as a baker, pastry cook, pastry chef, caterer and personal chef for many years. In 2013, I escaped the restaurant industry to work full-time on The Bojon Gourmet. My work has been seen around the web and in print, including Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Go Gluten-Free, GFF Magazine, and The New York Times.
My first cookbook, Alternative Baker: Reinventing Dessert with Gluten-Free Grains and Flours, was released in September of 2016 and won the IACP Award for Best Cookbook: Health and Special Diet 2016. To read more about my journey to becoming an author, see Why I said Yes to a Cookbook (and read about why I said No to the first offer).
If you like nerding out on uncommon GF flours, you'll love my beginner's guide to gluten-free flours. You can learn everything you ever wanted to know about buckwheat, cassava, coconut, teff, and more, plus lots of gluten-free baking tips and texture troubleshooting.
I'm available for food photography and videography, recipe development, and sponsored posts for delectable foods that I love and use in my own kitchen. For more on how we can collaborate, see this page or get in touch via email: alanna[at]bojongourmet.com.
On the rare occasions that I'm not thinking about food, I can be found dancing, hiking, playing ukulele songs about love and baking, and hanging out with my favorite guys.
I hope you enjoy The Bojon Gourmet! You can peruse gluten-free recipes from the archives, search for specific ingredients and dietary preferences, and subscribe to receive new posts and seasonal newsletters by email.