Did you know there are hundreds of varieties of avocado all over the world? Gaby Dalkin, a self-described “avocado obsessive,” has been infatuated with the fruit (not vegetable) her entire life.
“I've been obsessed with them forever!” Dalkin explained. “Growing up in Arizona, avocados were all over the place. I'd eat guacamole for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the obsession just snowballed when I went to college and it has just kept going.”
Her overwhelming love for “the world’s most perfect food,” is so earnest, that in April 2013 her very first book, Absolutely Avocados, an entire cookbook dedicated to the avocado, was published.
"The whole idea started as a joke between me and my mom,” says Dalkin. “Then I pitched the idea to my agent (who loved it) and all the cards started to fall into place.”
Gaby’s book features 80 different avocado recipes (plus tips, techniques, and useful facts) that you can serve for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and even dessert! Her recipes include avocado & chorizo breakfast hash, Mediterranean avocado pizza, bacon-wrapped cheesy avocados, a Hawaiian pulled pork & avocado sandwich, and even an avocado-coconut ice cream.
What are some unusual pairings she has successfully combined with avocados?
“I use avocados in desserts!” Dalkin exclaimed. “It's a great substitute for butter and so much better for you.”
However, she’s not a big fan of baked eggs in avocados.
“I think it's just a bit too much all at once,” she said.
Avocados aside, there’s a lot more to Gaby Dalkin. She’s a trained chef, recipe developer, and food/lifestyle writer based in Los Angeles. Her food and recipe blog WhatsGabyCooking.com features original recipes and images that inspire and delight even the pickiest of palates, along with anecdotes from Gaby's life on-the-go.
“What's Gaby Cooking is a one stop shop for great recipes inspired by my West Coast style of life,” says Dalkin. “Everything is pretty laid back and easy to make so it's do-able for any age or cooking level.”
She names Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis as her culinary inspirations.
“I love the flavors from Bobby and the simplicity and elegance from Giada,” explains Dalkin.
Dalkin is a regular contributor to Food Network, and her recipes and writing have also been featured on HGTV, the Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, Saveur, Design*Sponge, Glamour, The Kitchn and KNBC. You also may have heard about her Slutty Brownies as mentioned on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and E! Fashion Police.
“Oh man, slutty brownies are the ultimate dessert,” Dalkin bragged. “I first made them a few years ago when I was still working as a private chef. My client Jessica Simpson talked about the brownies on one of her late night show appearances and about 10 seconds later my website broke because everyone was trying to get the recipe! They've been popular ever since!”
It doesn’t come as too much of a surprise when Gaby proclaims her love for Mexican food.
“It’s my favorite cuisine and I could and would eat it every day for the rest of my life,” she says. “There are some fantastic Mexican restaurants in the Los Angeles area.”
She has an adventurous palate, “I'll try anything once ― but I won't promise to love it, especially if its bugs or something weird like that,” but will run a mile if you put a bottle of yellow mustard in front of her. “I can't stand bright yellow mustard ― that stuff freaks me out!”
What’s next on Dalkin’s agenda?
“I just launched a new web series with one of my friends called ‘Domestic Partners,” explains Dalkin. “It's all about food, drink and everything domestic. We spend more time together than we do with our husbands/boyfriends, so it's a little peek into some of our crazy stories and conversations!”
So what’s our nutritionist, Elyse Sosin, going to make of the avocado aficionado’s daily diet? Will it cut the mustard (sorry, Gaby)? Is there just too much avocado? Or is she balancing it out with other nourishing foods? All is about to be revealed…