Laura Wright - The First Messpin it!
I’ll be writing about the things I love: cooking with natural, plant-based foods, eating seasonally, and sharing wholesome meals with the people in my life. Living simply, cooking, and staying connected to the earth have always been at the heart of fine living for me, celebrating the community and its efforts. A meal is nothing to take for granted, and this blog is a greater reflection of that simple idea.

My name is Laura and I live in the Niagara region of southern Ontario. I went to culinary school, but learned considerably more about food and being in the world from working in restaurants and growing up with agriculture. I have a staggeringly huge collection of cookbooks and food-related literature.

“The First Mess” is taken from M.F.K. Fisher’s An Alphabet for Gourmets, where she refers to the arrival of the first run (or mess) of peas in early spring as “the day with stars on it.” Her sincere appreciation and thoughtful writings on food are a marvel to read, time and again.

My stuff has been featured on The Huffington Post, SAVEUR, Epicurious, GOOP, the Food & Wine Blog, The Washington Post, America’s Test KitchenThe GuardianThe Kitchn, Food 52A Cup of Jo, The Food Network Blog, Greatist, mindbodygreen, and a few other places. I’ve also developed recipes for The KitchnClean Eating Magazine, Food 52, The Anthropologie BlogBuzzFeed, Pure Green Magazine, and the Toronto Vegetarian Association.

In 2014, SAVEUR Magazine editors selected this site as the best special diets blog in their annual food blog awards. In 2016, The First Mess was nominated for Best Food Blog in the Better Homes and Gardens Blog awards. Laura developed and photographed The First Mess Cookbook, which was released by Penguin Random House in 2017.

Want to work together or just say hi? For inquiries relating to recipe development, sponsored posts, creative collaboration, events, and the like, use the contact form in the upper right of this page OR send me a note at laura [AT] thefirstmess [DOT] com. You can also find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook too.

I shoot all of the photos here and for that process, I use a Canon EOS 5D Mark II body with the Canon EF 50 mm f/1.4 as my main lens (sometimes this one too). I edit the photos with Photoshop and Lightroom, and also play around with VSCO film.

  • Brittany Pearson-Smith18/10/2011 - 7:56 pm

    Tastespotting just threw me onto your blog. I love it :) Pinning 5 million of your recipes to make for later!ReplyCancel

  • matt jamie04/11/2011 - 2:11 pm

    Loved your recipes and photography! feeling very inspired to cook.ReplyCancel

  • Fredsmom17/11/2011 - 5:32 am

    Your website is beautiful! I just found it while searching for a cauliflower couscous recipe. Am forwarding your site to my friends!ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley03/01/2012 - 1:40 pm

    “A meal is nothing to take for granted.”

    THANK YOU. Thank you for recognizing that food, and more specifically having *enough* food is a blessing none of us should forget about. This is why your blog is one of my absolute favorites. In each of your posts, your sense of gratitude for the food you are preparing is so apparent. I’m so glad I found your blog this past fall. I’m excited to see the creations you’ll be blogging about in 2012!ReplyCancel

    • Kare01/03/2015 - 3:09 pm

      Ashley, almost what I thought the first time happening upon Laura’s blog…her words and recipes inspire gratitude, for not only the food – our senses & her imagination:-) ! My absolute favorite as well, Laura I’m looking forward to 2015ReplyCancel

  • Brooke (The Flour Sack)12/01/2012 - 12:36 pm

    I just discovered your beautiful blog from your guest post on Happyolks. I am in love with your photography, recipes, and food philosophy – so much like my own. I will be adding you to my “favorites” and visiting often! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration. :)ReplyCancel

  • dana @ my little celebration06/02/2012 - 10:49 pm

    I believe we were destined to be friends! Let’s!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle07/02/2012 - 5:53 pm

    Just discovered your blog and am in love with your beautiful photos and mouth watering recipes. Will be here often!!


  • Elenore Bendel Zahn04/03/2012 - 7:41 am

    Oh deerie <3
    I just stumbled onto your site and fell in love!
    That´s all I have to say.. Now, excuse me, I have to go
    browse all your posts..;)ReplyCancel

  • Andreas Rapp23/03/2012 - 8:57 am

    I’m speechless. This is so lovely, awesome and wonderful. You’ve just inspired me to plan the whole weekends food =)

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Smith12/05/2012 - 8:00 pm

    Oh my! I have been pinning your recipes all afternoon. Thank you so much for this incredible blog. Do you have a recipe book?ReplyCancel

  • Bonny Musgrave27/05/2012 - 10:05 pm

    I just stumbled onto your blog by accident, although I would prefer to think it was a divine appointment! What a beautiful, and inspiring, treasure trove of ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Your blog is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Christina11/07/2012 - 8:28 pm

    Hi Laura! I hope someone tells you every single day how beautiful your photos are and that your site is truly inspiring! I’m truly amazed at how crisp and clear your photos are! Can you tell me what kind of camera you use and lenses or filters, if any? Thank you and please keep the photos and recipes coming!



  • marta01/08/2012 - 4:45 pm

    and so I’m adding you to my links:)ReplyCancel

  • Laura08/08/2012 - 12:12 pm

    Just WOW !!!


  • Marina09/08/2012 - 1:18 pm

    Making your summer panzanella today. Looks mouth watering!ReplyCancel

  • Hi there!

    I just found your blog and love it! So creative and beautiful! I love the presentation, pictures and of course recipes! ;-)ReplyCancel

  • tanya @ i heart chocolate milk17/09/2012 - 11:44 am

    love the blog, the design and the photography…keep it up!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Christina31/10/2012 - 2:53 pm

    Hi Laura,

    You’ve just been nominated for the One Lovely Blog & Very Inspiring Blogger Award!


    Thanks for being such an inspiration!


  • […] had the pleasure of meeting Laura through her blog over the summer and was instantly captivated by her honesty, authenticity, and food […]ReplyCancel

  • Ellen19/11/2012 - 9:21 am

    I loved the panzanella salad. It’s the route to your blog. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Aleksandra Peyrer-Navijalic22/12/2012 - 1:06 pm

    I just found your blog via Naturally Ella and am really taken by your recipes and overall am just inspired.ReplyCancel

  • kiki21/01/2013 - 3:57 am

    I love your recipes. They make me want to eat my own eyeballs.

    Thank you so much!

    love and hugs,


  • Shira21/01/2013 - 9:16 pm

    What a beautiful blog! I just found you via Twitter and saw that you are Canadian – nothing makes me happier than finding fellow Canadian bloggers, who happen to be amazing! Your work looks gorgeous – I have just subscribed. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Sauer22/01/2013 - 4:10 pm

    I just began my own whole foods blog and I just wanted to say yours is awe-inspiring! I hope one day mine will be as beautiful and developed as yours! Can’t wait to keep up with your posts in the future.


  • SandraM23/01/2013 - 5:31 pm

    Was just on the spoonforkbacon site looking at their blog love page and came across your blog. So glad I found it. Great blog, will be coming here for inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Fran24/01/2013 - 12:05 am

    You have officially been bookmarked! Honestly, a fantastic blog. Don’t stop!ReplyCancel

  • Julia07/02/2013 - 1:11 pm

    Hi Laura!
    I’ve recently discovered your blog (via Pinterest), and I’m in love!!! Wonderful recipes with taste AND health in mind. Great stuff. I am a high school culinary teacher. I teach a program called Hospitality & Tourism to grade 9-12 students. I have sent many kids onto culinary school at Niagara College. I’m curious to know if that is where you went too?
    I plan on trying your expresso scones & blueberry muffins over the weekend:)
    And I just know we will be using some of your recipes in our classroom labs too! Thanks for the beautiful work. I look forward to seeing what other creative & delicious things you come up with!
    Julia Graham
    Maxville, ONReplyCancel

  • […] out there somewhere, but not at any of my regular haunts.  This absence of course, made making The First Mess‘ Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl quite a challenge.  I love a […]ReplyCancel

  • Michelle11/04/2013 - 11:00 am

    Hi Laura,
    I just discovered your blog through Ashley’s (Edible Perspective)instagram. All of your recipes and photos are amazing – you are incredibly talented. I just pinned a million of them and am making the carrot edamame salad with my sister tonight :)
    I am also from Ontario (Toronto, formerly London) and recently started my own “whole foods” blog – The Fresh Direction. You’re such an inspiration!!
    Thank you for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Brady12/04/2013 - 3:13 pm

    Hi – just come across your blog via a Tweet by someone I follow. I love it. Learning a lot about a more natural approach to food and blogs like this are really inspiring. Keep up the good work! XReplyCancel

  • Renee13/04/2013 - 2:39 pm

    Thanks, just the kind of fun healthy recipes I have been looking for!ReplyCancel

  • Evan O'Ceallaigh18/04/2013 - 1:18 pm

    Wow!The writing is amazing, the recipes are gorgeous and the photography is by far the best I have ever seen. This blog is honestly the best I have evr seen and I am going to read this blog purely for inspiration for my own food blog. Thank you so much for inspiring me and i am already looking forward to your next post.ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful blog you have! I’m just thinking: OMG, I’ve got a lot to learn with my own green, clean blog ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Yelena01/07/2013 - 12:50 am

    LOVE your website! Terrific! Just came on it today and am really looking forward to trying some of those recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Shayla31/07/2013 - 1:14 pm

    Please write a book! I have bookmarked so many of your recipes! They are so good. Thank you for sharing your talents and your awesome palate with us!ReplyCancel

  • Violonchien25/08/2013 - 12:53 pm

    Nice site, congratulations! (:
    Your recipes are overwhelming and delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Juliet05/09/2013 - 4:41 pm

    So Sweet…I’m excited to start cooking down your recipe list one whole food ingredient at a time!
    Thanks for putting this out there for all us food enthusiasts.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel21/09/2013 - 7:05 pm

    Hey Messy,

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I am so guilty of indulging in some serious food porn because of it…your photos are beautiful. I love the warm crispness to them that shed the simple little intimacies of your life. I would love to know what kind of camera you use. Thanks for being awesome!

    I want to share a poem I read today (:

    The vegetables would like to be cut

    By someone who is singing Love’s Name.

    How could Hafiz know
    Such top secret information?

    Once we were all tomatoes,

    Potatoes, onions or

    – HafizReplyCancel

  • Barbara roth22/09/2013 - 11:39 am

    Would love to subscribe to your website. Looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Cindi27/09/2013 - 6:08 pm

    I found my way here via Pinterest. I’m so impressed!ReplyCancel

  • Sandi01/10/2013 - 4:55 pm

    A long dry spell in the food inspiration department remedied by your fabulous blog and food. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Sheila09/10/2013 - 7:05 pm

    Ohhh so happy to have found my way here via The Year in Food! This is so up my alley. Looking forward to trying out some of your recipes!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Sandham-Spies17/10/2013 - 6:47 am

    *boing* Found your awesome site when googling ‘funky salads’ : I needed help u see – cos we have a little salad club at the office & me not being a ‘foodie’ needed “alot” of help – your site is a life-saver & so inspiring! Thank you – all the way from South Africa! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica24/10/2013 - 10:29 am

    Your recipes will be my first dabbling into cooking for myself!ReplyCancel

  • Bianca25/10/2013 - 7:40 pm

    What kind of camera equipment do you use? Your photos are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright27/10/2013 - 9:41 am

      Hi Bianca! I use a canon EOS 5D Mark II for body. I primarily use 2 lenses: a 50 mm f/1.4 and a 24-105 mm f/4

  • Alexandra Rijnoveanu29/10/2013 - 9:36 am

    I love your blog :) Thank you for being inspiring :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen19/11/2013 - 2:17 pm

    Just stumbled on your site from a pintrest and WOW I have clicked on loads of recipes and have loved reading everyone of them..now on to making them

    So glad your on fb too by the way :)

    Have an awesome day.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy02/01/2014 - 3:33 pm

    Your photography is phenomenal!! What a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis07/01/2014 - 10:01 pm

    Just want to say that I’m so glad to have discovered your site (via Instagram). I can’t wait to try many of these recipes.ReplyCancel

  • francesco08/01/2014 - 9:17 am

    Stunning pictures and website. Oh and the content of course… really delicious.
    I’m sure I will get inspired whenever I write on my blog about running and natural foods ReplyCancel

  • Jauquetta14/01/2014 - 7:03 pm

    Loved the items I have found here. I’m dairy free now for over 20 years and since last Jan. 2013, have been gluten free. Can’t wait to try your recipes! Thanks ever so much for your generosity. JauquettaReplyCancel

  • Kecia15/01/2014 - 6:27 pm

    I just discovered your blog two seconds ago, through a pinterest recipe, and I’ve never been so instantly sold on and excited by a food blog!ReplyCancel

  • Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward23/01/2014 - 1:25 pm

    I am glad that I came across your blog, Laura. Another fabulous and fresh Canadian blog to follow. Take care, ShannaReplyCancel

  • Alicia Brum30/01/2014 - 4:42 pm

    Beautiful blog and yummy recipes. Love when I add a Canadian keeper to my repertoire. Much more success and fresh cuisine to you!ReplyCancel

  • THE FIRST MESS - The Lacquerie20/02/2014 - 8:05 am

    […] Laura is all about sharing the simple beauty of natural, wholesome ingredients with her stunning photos. I love how she always shoots in natural light, capturing those perfect color combos and delicate textures. The First Mess has this way of making seasonal cooking look so easy, fun and organic. Let’s just say that if I ever feel inspired enough to attempt my own kitchen, it will most definitely be with one of Laura’s recipes. […]ReplyCancel

  • sasha06/03/2014 - 8:24 pm

    have made loads from this site, Thank YouReplyCancel

  • Marla09/03/2014 - 5:54 pm

    Love your recipes!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Dolan18/03/2014 - 10:16 am

    Beautiful siteReplyCancel

  • Veronica28/03/2014 - 3:43 pm

    Thank you! I love your site! Thank you thank you thank youReplyCancel

  • Imen24/04/2014 - 8:58 am

    Hi Laura,
    Have just copped onto your blog via an intro from Sharon Bowers. SO in love with your work and recipes. Look forward to your book!
    Warm Regards,
    Imen xxReplyCancel

  • Dianne Ounapuu30/04/2014 - 1:36 am

    I recently came across a small mention of you in our local Delicious Magazine. The reference to peaches and vineyards immediately took me back to when we lived in Grimsby in the 90’s. Happy days! I’m assuming you aren’t far from there.
    Now I’m in suburban Melbourne, a gardener for myself and others and foodie. We inherited some aged almonds and lemons and now have added apples, quince, pomegranate, olives, cumquat, limes and a vegie patch. It doesn’t always work out but gardeners are by nature optimists.
    I’ve cooked vegetarian at various times and will keep an eye on your site in future for inspiration.
    Cheers, DianneReplyCancel

  • Nicole Wright20/05/2014 - 5:17 pm

    Hi Laura,

    My name is Nicole. I live in an small house in an old, historic neighborhood of Vancouver, very close to downtown, with my husband and our dog and wait tables for a living in some really great diners.
    I curate, illustrate, grow a veggie garden and tend house plants, and I love to eat. Justin (my husband) and I spend most of our time together eating, digesting and drinking, at home or in the various gems in this wonderful city.
    I just wanted to thank you for all the wonderful recipes, The First Mess has been a corner stone in the last year of my kitchen experimentation, you have opened a lot of cooking alleys for me to adventure in, back doors to recipes I thought that I knew and introductions to ingredients I never thought I”d learn to love.
    Your photos are MOST wonderful, totally inspirational, but more than anything, I wanted to thank you for the ability to share this blog with my mom. We both read it, and we have great conversations over your recipes, anecdotes, and (basically) your life.
    It has brought joy, laughter, great food into our lives and has helped to bring us closer.
    If EVER you need a place to stay in Vancouver we have a great yard to camp in and some must eat recommendations.

    Thanks again.


  • Cathleen Young22/05/2014 - 11:35 pm

    I LOVE your photography. I just cut and pasted 5 of your recipes to try. The butternut oricchette, the Quinoa bake thingie, the carrot cake pancakes, spaghetti squash noodle bowl. The pictures are gorgeous and these recipes are calling out to me!ReplyCancel

  • Ellie12/06/2014 - 6:30 am

    Great blog! What camera do you use?ReplyCancel

  • gen05/08/2014 - 10:47 am

    I just found your blog and wow. I just wanted to say you have some of the most beautiful and inspiring food photographs I’ve ever seen! You have a new fan. =)ReplyCancel

  • Jenna Gross05/08/2014 - 5:05 pm

    Hi Laura,
    Just wanted to let you know we featured your Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl with Lime Peanut Sauce in a round up of low carb meals. If you’d like to check it out, here’s the link: http://www.skinnymom.com/2014/07/21/50-delicious-low-carb-meals/

    Feel free to share with your readers and have a great week!

    Jenna Gross
    Skinny Mom
    602 Main Street, Suite 410
    Cincinnati Ohi, 45202ReplyCancel

  • Sarah06/08/2014 - 5:16 pm

    Your images are lovely! What kind of camera do you use?ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright12/08/2014 - 8:51 am

      Hi Sarah, I use a Canon EOS 5D Mark II for the camera body and my main lens is a 50 mm/1.4. I edit the photos in Lightroom and use VSCO’s film emulation software as well.

  • marpy26/10/2014 - 11:45 am

    Is there a way to sign up for email updates?ReplyCancel

  • Antonio De Rosa18/11/2014 - 5:26 pm

    Hello from Madrid, Spain!
    American expat born and raised not far from you in Buffalo, NY and now living in Madrid.
    I found your blog while searching for Autumn chick pea stew recipes.. a big ‘ole pot is simmering as I write this – and smells Oh, soooo good!
    I’m certain I’ll love your stew recipe as much as I do your writing!
    Antonio De RosaReplyCancel

  • Sheri19/01/2015 - 9:50 am

    Just discovered your blog when searching for a recipe for an Asian style spaghetti squash – made the noodle bowl with lime and peanut sauce last night and it was Delish! I will be sourcing your blog for future recipes – Thanks!

  • Bernadette Donfeld19/01/2015 - 7:43 pm

    Love tofu…beautiful picturesReplyCancel

  • Marina Shkolnik07/02/2015 - 9:00 am

    Hello from Moscow, Russia!
    Just discovered your great blog via stunning photo with your tomatoes on FB.
    Thank you very much for million wonderful recipes!

  • Heather08/02/2015 - 1:13 pm

    lady you are killin it!!

    As an Ontarian, vegetarian, clean-eater, and local-produce-supporter, I CANNOT get enough of your blog. Your photos are lovely, your narrative is insightful, and everything about this website is just so great! Please keep it up!ReplyCancel

  • Rueith23/02/2015 - 8:32 pm

    I’m sorry but I’m a bacon lover. I admit it. And I’m far from vegan. I just made your Morroccan Chickpea stew and if I had to choose between bacon and this stew for my last meal, I would have to choose the stew. The smell alone is intoxicating. Thank you from a meat eating food lover.ReplyCancel

  • […] Laura Wright, the cooking genius behind natural food blog The First Mess. This Niagara native claims to have “an embarrassing collection of cookbooks and […]ReplyCancel

  • Joanna29/05/2015 - 7:49 am

    After having a long list of minor health complaints (as I call them), I started a sugar free, modified vegan diet. Most importantly I wanted to incorporate lots of good veggies and non-animal proteins to fuel me and my detox. I am having a hard time getting my new “proteins” incorporate and was feeling a little defeated. I came across one of your tofu recipes on Pinterest and your amazing blog and am rejuvenated again! Can’t wait to try these wonderful recipes! Thank you for sharing all the creativity God has blessed you with! Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • Tess Benger12/06/2015 - 9:09 am

    My boyfriend and I live in the Niagara Region too! Crazy! We are actors at the Shaw Festival! We just happened to stumble across your blog while looking for a moroccan stew recipe! It was sensational!!! Thank you! We are going to try to make many more this summer!!ReplyCancel

    • Tess Benger12/06/2015 - 9:09 am


  • […] just want to be Laura Wright‘s roommate so I can eat like this all the […]ReplyCancel

  • Jane Lustgarten21/08/2015 - 8:08 am

    I am a huge fan of your web site! Is there a cookbook in your future?
    I hope so. I’m sure I’m not alone on that.ReplyCancel

    • Laura21/08/2015 - 8:17 am

      Hi Jane!
      My first cookbook will be released in Spring of 2017 through Avery Publishers and Penguin Canada. Thanks for reading!

  • Lynn03/11/2015 - 6:22 pm

    I’m so glad you will be putting a cookbook out. I will look forward to it!ReplyCancel

  • Heather16/11/2015 - 1:39 pm

    I just got here from Buzzfeed Food, and I think I’ll be staying a while. Sad I haven’t found you sooner!ReplyCancel

  • Anita16/04/2016 - 6:09 am

    I arrived here looking for tomatoes recipies on pinterest and I absolutely love your blog and your photos! They are wonderful!ReplyCancel

    • Laura16/04/2016 - 7:58 am

      Thanks so much, Anita! So glad you found your way here :)

  • Jane Garfinkel27/04/2016 - 11:06 am

    Your pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing the camera you use, I better start saving up!ReplyCancel

  • Raya Bell11/08/2016 - 5:09 am

    Great blog and absolutely lovely pictures! I just saw your sesame garlic noodles with broccoli and basil :) I am definitely preparing it tonight!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly12/08/2016 - 10:40 am

    You need a book!!! That is all.


    • Laura12/08/2016 - 11:33 am

      My cookbook will be released on March 7th, 2017! ;)

      • Kelly16/08/2016 - 8:11 am

        YAYYYYYYY!!!! Can’t wait. :)ReplyCancel

  • […] Laura Wright at The First Mess shares my potluck philosophy: “Make it pretty, make it familiar, but also a lil’ fresh and new again = guaranteed potluck success.” Perhaps it’s why she loved these Miso and Molasses Baked Beans, which are deeply savory and vegan. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] and features she has.  As I started doing research for the episode I realized that her ‘press‘ includes Martha Stewart Living, The Kitchn, The Food Network, and BuzzFeed among […]ReplyCancel

  • Sherry Mannello21/02/2017 - 12:24 pm

    I’d love to subscribe to your gorgeous blog if I may.
    I didn’t see an area to do so.
    Thank you ever so much.ReplyCancel

  • […] you are a reader of Laura’s blog, you’ll know that she has a love for fresh ingredients, a respect towards the process of […]ReplyCancel

  • […] & Pine Nut “Ricotta” Toasts, p. 220 I first became familiar with The First Mess years ago when I stumbled across her recipe for OMG-Vegan Butternut Queso. So alluring. What could […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Whipped Lentil Chipotle Dip recipe reprinted from The First Mess Cookbook by arrangement with Avery Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2017, Laura Wright […]ReplyCancel

  • Alexis03/04/2017 - 10:36 am

    Hi Laura! First of all, I love your recipes- They have converted my not-very-vegventurous boyfriend into someone who gets excited about lentils (no joke). Here’s to many more years of inspiration! Second, I love the marble (I think?) backdrop you’ve been using lately: Is it a counter, or a slab cutting board of some sort?

    Chi miigwetch from your slightly-more-Northern neighbour. :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura03/04/2017 - 10:41 am

      Hey Alexis,
      Thank you so much for the lentil love :) And it’s a slab that I got at Crate & Barrel!

  • Teresa S24/04/2017 - 6:44 pm

    My husband came home from work today and showed me your cookbook on Amazon and asked if I’d like it for Mother’s Day-and apologized that it wouldn’t be a surprise! I love your blog and started following you on IG &FB. Can’t wait for your book to arrive!ReplyCancel

    • Laura24/04/2017 - 8:13 pm

      What a good man! ;)

      Hope you enjoy the book, Teresa. Thanks for this kind message.


  • Eileen Wheelock29/05/2017 - 9:11 pm

    Just found you! Looking forward to cruising your site and making some delicious food. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Pat McDonald22/06/2017 - 8:42 pm

    I would very much like to subscribe. (The “subscribe” didn’t work for me, so I hope you will accept this.). Thank you,

    • Laura25/06/2017 - 12:08 pm

      Hi Pat,
      Just set you up for email subscription from my end. You should receive a confirmation email shortly.

  • Michelle21/07/2017 - 10:12 am

    Hi Laura,
    Thank you for your recipes! I picked up The First Mess cookbook yesterday and have already made the Bircher Breakfast, Beet Protein Smoothie, and Morning Glory Earl Grey – all delicious! Love your blog and your appreciation for real food. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Andree Kosak17/10/2017 - 3:44 pm

    I’m in food service industry for over 30 years.
    I’m a Vegan 15 months strong.
    Your blog is gorgeous and inspiring.
    Keep doing what you are doing.
    Off to find your cookbook also a hoarder of cookbooks!
    Best to you!ReplyCancel

  • Christine16/12/2017 - 4:17 pm

    Bought your book from a recommend from a friend. LOVE it. I have prepared many of the recipes and all have been enjoyed. I appreciated the reasonable list of accessible ingredients, the plant based focus, the originality in complex flavors. Thank you! I am now following you here. Keep it up, you make me look like a genius!ReplyCancel

  • Robin clements06/01/2018 - 10:14 pm

    Thank you!!!! I love your blog. I convinced my whole family to do the whole30 with me. However, we don’t eat meat so it has been challenging. You can only eat so many eggs and Greek yogurt.
    We couldn’t do it without your recipes! My family doesn’t feel deprived at all. Every evening my husband and children are in awe of what I’ve made for dinner. Thank you for helping us get through!!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie07/04/2018 - 11:58 pm

    I discovered your recipes by seeing your beautiful book at Chapters. The book is stunning but the recipes are even better! I just can’t get enough! So many plant-based recipes are bland, but yours are always so delicious! Any chance we can expect a second mess cookbook in the near future?! Thank you for everything you do and making our lives more delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Pearl Paul10/04/2018 - 1:20 pm

    i am also from Niagara – so lovely to find you while searching for what to do with a pile of navy beans I just cooked up…. I was looking to subscribe but clicking on the suscribe heading three times and it didn’t workReplyCancel

    • Pearl Paul10/04/2018 - 1:22 pm

      ooops just figured out how to subscribe – had to drop down ( am too too old ) lol

      Lovely recipes – can’t wait to try themReplyCancel

      • Laura10/04/2018 - 4:30 pm

        Hi Pearl!
        Glad to have you as a subscriber. Thank you for your kind compliments as well :)

  • Kelly03/08/2018 - 1:25 am

    Loving the M.F.K. Fisher recommendation! What a treasure!ReplyCancel

  • Christina14/03/2019 - 2:32 pm

    I came across your blog by coincidence and because of that I bought your cook book. I love the way you write, the pictures and the recipes are incredible. Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Beverly Charleston21/03/2019 - 10:00 pm

    Enjoy your instagram. Love your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Beverly CharlestonReplyCancel

  • Kathleen27/06/2019 - 2:42 pm

    Hi Laura, I’ve been loving your recipes for years now. Any chance that you are working on a second cookbook? Your first one is a favorite of mine.

    Happy Friday!


    • Laura01/07/2019 - 8:24 am

      Hi Kathleen,
      Thanks so much for this kind compliment. Right at this moment I am not working on a second cookbook. I have a few ideas for one though! Just have to take it on when the time is right ;)

  • Joanne06/08/2019 - 8:17 am

    Just found your beautiful blog! As a retired chef who always cooked from scratch and is now transitioning to a healthier plant based diet I was immediately drawn to your photos and recipes. Since I’m mid 70’s and somewhat technically challenged I tried to sign up for your blog via email but could not locate a place to do that. Could you let me know what to do? I too love MFK Fisher and have most of her books in my library! Thanks for your help and for carrying the healthy food mission forward with such great flair!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Boden26/09/2019 - 8:06 pm

    Hello Laura

    I made your lemony sweet potato recipe last night, but used a pumpkin that came up wild in our garden, here in Australia. The tahini was from Israel following a recent trip and the salt from Mongolia via a friend. Salt is the gift I always love to have from the generosity of travelling friends. I really, really enjoy your work. Apart from baking or Japanese food, I tend to work ‘off-recipe’ in my kitchen. It just suits me to cook that way from what is to hand and general ideas. I struggled to find plant-food recipes that were fine-tuned in their subtlety. The First Mess is a book that has taught me the most, since Moosewood and The Vegetarian Epicure. It is really a literary gift as well as a culinary guide. Thank you for all the effort and dedication that transcends its covers. Australia has some beautiful natural pink salt from our iron rich red soil. Reach out if you would like some. Continuing success SusanReplyCancel

  • Karen Lievense02/10/2019 - 7:05 pm

    Hello! I love your book, and the beautifully created and photographed recipes. How do I sign-ip to receive your blog-posts?
    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Theresa03/02/2020 - 12:26 pm

    Hello! I just reached out to say, I am a cook by trade and recently started to dabble in vegetarian and vegan cooking at home. I stumbled across this website and I am obsessed! Your recipes are beautiful! Awe inspiring! And I feel somehow calm and sweetly placid while reading them. I can’t wait to test some! If I could give you one suggestion it would be this, as a chef I am not intimidated by the recipes, however some at home cooks might not be prepared for this labor of love. Try offering simpler versions of your recipes to gain further reach. I truly love what you are doing here! Please dont ever stop this creative venture you have! ❤❤ReplyCancel

  • Jay Jacobs07/04/2020 - 5:37 pm

    My wife and I are pescatarians/vegetarians eating mostly vegetarian with a little locally caught seafood. I love your recipes and I’m actively incorporating some of your recipes in our regular weekly menus like the ginger sweet potato stew with kale. Thank you so much for this website.
    Jay Jacobs
    Coos Bay, OregonReplyCancel

  • Viviane Paolini15/05/2020 - 12:38 am

    I got into your website by chance, I am vegetarian and it is a tasty and marvelous place to be. Very simple and also nutritious.Be sure I will use it often.
    I will send it to my grand daughter who is vegan, she will be delighted.

    Thank you for being there. I love to cook.

  • Michele Swanson10/08/2020 - 2:21 pm

    Thanks for doing such palpable recipes !!!ReplyCancel

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