The Food Philosopher: Gluten-Free Recipes, Health and Nutrition, Diet and Weight Loss


The Food Philosopher: Who We Are



collaborated to become a voice of reason in a world of mealtime disorder. They believe that the dietary "do's and don'ts" thrown at us daily by the media keep many of us from taking personal responsibility for what we feed our families and ourselves. This transfer of responsibility has been disastrous to the health and well-being of the country. The sisters embrace the process of planning and preparing meals at home. They want to empower people with the confidence and excitement to want to go back into the kitchen.

The power behind The Food Philosopher® can be found in the dynamics between the two sisters. Dr. Claudia Pillow has been studying and working with food for her entire life. A classically trained chef, her food philosophy is grounded by the life sciences, nutrition, and health. Annalise Roberts is a student of the humanities, influenced by the teachings of philosophy, anthropology, history, and the arts. Her food philosophy arises more from cultural reflection. Together, they are a strong voice in the forefront of America's cultural transformation to rediscover family mealtime.

Their efforts are showcased in a variety of media. The Gluten-Free-Good Health Cookbook (Agate Surrey, 2010) is their latest venture and a true break-through in diet cookbooks. The focus of this unique work is on managing daily food-related decisions in order to strengthen the immune system, prevent disease and lose weight by eating real food. It provides food choice explanations and guidance, cooking advice, and more than 100 flavorful, culturally diverse (gluten-free) recipes. The sisters also co-authored and self-published an earlier cookbook, The Food Philosopher's® Guide to Epicurean Delights, in 2003. They write for and maintain the content on this Website.

In addition to offering food coaching for individuals and small groups, both sisters teach gluten-free cooking and baking classes: Claudia in Dallas-Fort Worth area, and Annalise in the New York metropolitan area. Dr. Pillow also lectures on gluten intolerance.

Annalise Roberts

After being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2002, Annalise devoted herself to developing gluten-free baking recipes that taste just as good (if not better than) their wheat flour counterparts. Gourmet magazine wrote an article about her work and featured several of her recipes in its November, 2005 issue. An expanded and revised edition of her highly acclaimed book, Gluten-Free Baking Classics (Surrey Books, 2006), was released in September, 2008. A third book, Gluten-Free Baking Classics for the Bread Machine (Surrey Books) was released in April, 2009. It contains a small collection of 40 well-tested recipes developed for the Zojirushi bread machine.

Annalise's background has largely been in communications and marketing. She graduated as a Henry Rutgers Scholar from Rutgers College and earned an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business. She worked at several Fortune 500 Companies and advertising agencies, and taught at the Rutgers University School of Business. An accomplished cook, she lives in New Jersey with her husband and two sons.

Claudia Pillow

In 2007, Claudia received her Ph.D. in Health Studies from Texas Women's University. As part of her dissertation, she developed and tested a celiac disease school screening tool and is currently in the process of making the program available nationally. Prior to earning her doctorate, Claudia was a 1982 graduate of the New York Restaurant School and worked as a chef and caterer for many years. An MBA and BS from Rutgers University offered her the opportunity to jump to the corporate side of the food industry, where she marketed cheese and natural beverages. Dr. Pillow serves on the board of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America and is a local resource for the North Texas chapter where she lives in with her husband and two daughters.