Adrian White

Adrian WhitE

Writer Emeritus

Adrian White is an organic farmer, gardener, and certified herbalist based in the Iowa City area of Iowa.

When it comes to writing about food, she loves indulging in the growing and agricultural aspect of it – as well as its potential for health and healing. Food, agriculture, and herbalism form her trifecta of passions.

Adrian has written many food, herbalism, and health-oriented articles that have been published around the web. She has also ghostwritten nearly a dozen published Amazon Kindle e-books on these subjects, many of which are bestsellers.

Adrian’s interest in food began in 2008, with the culture surrounding its production, sustainability, and environmental impact igniting her passions most of all. This sparked her to set up an immersive college internship in Ecuador to learn organic food production – which later led her through many U.S. regions: southern Oregon, Appalachia, the Southwest, and the Midwest.

Adrian has learned CSA management and microgreen production as a participant in projects near Houston, Texas; infrastructure and start-up practices in northern California; animal husbandry and mushroom cultivation in North Carolina; as well as the basic tenets of organic vegetable production in these places and more, including Oregon and Minnesota throughout 2008-2011.

Her educational path finally led her to eastern Iowa in 2012, where she became Field and Pack-Shed Manager, CSA Administrator, and Web Master at Echollective Farm & CSA – an organic farming business she still remains connected to and involved in today.

Adrian strongly insists that growing food is more her niche than cooking it (though she does try)! She adheres to a low- to no-gluten diet, but absolutely cannot resist breakfast foods and crab meat rangoons.

Otherwise, Adrian loves to tinker with fermented beverages more than anything else, like kombucha and shrubs, as well as healing herbal preparations.

Her main food, farming, and herbalism endeavors have sprouted into her own project, Deer Nation Herbs, a developing LLC that grows and produces healthy, organic veggies and greens along with herbal simple syrups, bitters, and shrubs.

She is a cooperative grower with the Greenshare LLC of the Iowa City area, making her produce and products available to local restaurants.

Body of Work:

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Lavender Cookies: Perfume for the Taste Buds

What better way to enhance a buttery cookie than with delicate dried herbs? These lavender cookies pack a punch of fragrant flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture. The simple dough comes together in a snap, and the soft, sugary confections are a treat that’s perfect alongside a hot cup of tea. Get the recipe now.

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Chicken Chilaquiles

When you’re craving a comforting mess of Mexican food, chicken chilaquiles are the answer. After being braised in a bold blend of fruity guajillo peppers and tomatoes, shredded chicken is tossed with homemade tortilla chips, topped with salty cotija cheese, and drizzled with Mexican crema. Read on for the recipe.

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Parsley Pesto Pizza with an Einkorn Crust

Bold and flavorful parsley pesto pizza with an einkorn crust is crispy, cheesy, and fresh. This makes for a tasty option to enjoy on a night in at home without ordering takeout. The fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and garlic on top are a simple combination, but one that still packs a punch. Get the recipe now.

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Mastering the Art of Artisan Sourdough Bread

Learn to make your own sourdough bread at home. From creating and maintaining a starter to baking a beautiful artisan loaf, we’ve got every step covered. Don’t let wild yeast scare you! Our handy guide will walk you through step by step, and answer everything you need to know. Read more on Foodal now!

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Einkorn Cannoli Cupcakes

Obsessed with the creamy filling of a cannoli? This cupcake version of the sweet Italian dessert gives you exactly what you crave the most. We top a lightly spiced fluffy einkorn cake base with a thick and luscious ricotta cheese frosting mixed with chocolate chips and garnished with pistachios. Get the recipe.

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Dairy-Free Speedy Chicken Tikka Masala

Do you have 30 minutes? That means you have enough time to make this speedy chicken tikka masala. Brimming with flavor, fresh vegetables, and classic spices, the creamy dish is even better than take-out. This recipe is a serious game changer for your weeknight dinner routine, and it’s dairy-free! Get the recipe now.

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