Emily Klein of EAT LIVE WELL believes food connects families.
“Life is delicious; use a spoon to get every last drop,” is Emily Klein’s personal and professional motto. Klein is the founder and operator of EAT LIVE WELL, a boutique food and lifestyle company that offers culinary instruction, prepared meals, catering and coaching services.
Klein had over 15 years in the professional culinary and nutrition world before dedicating herself to EAT LIVE WELL. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Klein is also accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She began EAT LIVE WELL after noticing that people around her were complaining about, and even rejecting their role as the primary cook in the family.
“Today, everybody has crazy busy schedules, and I feel like people compromise on important things like feeding their family,” said Klein. “No one wants to cook at dinnertime; I don’t even want to.” These sentiments led to Klein’s creation of EAT LIVE WELL, a program she describes as a “one-woman movement.”
“Takeout from Whole Foods isn’t the same as making it yourself,” Klein said. “There’s something about love, joy and home that’s on that plate [of homemade food.] Even if you can’t sit down as a family once a day, or even once a week, what’s on that plate is everything.”
It is through her desire to provide busy people with home-cooked meals and advice that EAT LIVE WELL thrives. Klein offers a variety of services, including private and small group in-home cooking instruction, where she covers topics ranging from how to cook healthy family meals to selecting the best dinner party options.
EAT LIVE WELL also offers a weekly or monthly meal preparation service, in which Klein provides meals prepared to suit any person or family’s dietary preferences.
A particularly unique service of Klein’s, New Parent Cooking Instruction, will likely appeal to many Montclair families. In this program, Klein will show new parents how to efficiently “cook with one hand,” focusing on effectively managing time between one’s new baby and healthy meal preparation.
Another fun service for families is Klein’s Mommy and Me program, where parents and kids will learn that the kitchen can be an exciting place to spend time together. These programs are much more than culinary instruction; they’re about realizing that food is a tool to connect families, and a method with which to achieve balance between work and home life. “I want to make a difference in people’s lives, not just in their dinner,” said Klein.
Klein teaches classes at the Adult School of Montclair in addition to consulting with individual clients and teaching in-home courses. She recently taught a course called Rock Star Side Dishes for the Holidays, in which Klein helped students prepare simple, yet exciting and tasty dishes to accompany any holiday meal.
Her next Adult School course, Cooking With Confidence: Vegetarian helps home cooks understand that plant-oriented cooking is accessible to any home cook, and appealing to those who eat meat in addition to herbivores. The course will take place on Dec. 12.
“Cooking is intimate,” said Klein. “I look at a client and I see their soul. I want to empower my clients and students to eat well and enjoy their lives.”
To learn more about Klein and EAT LIVE WELL, visit her website: eatlivewell.com and company Facebook page: facebook.com/EatLiveWell. Her upcoming Adult School course, Cooking With Confidence: Vegetarian, is Dec. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Montclair Designer Appliances. Visit the Adult School website, adultschool.org, for more information and registration.