Wild Apple: The New Gluten­-Free

Photograph by Sidney Bensimon

Photograph by Sidney Bensimon

We love food. We love making it and photographing it, but most of all, we’re Eaters. Eaters who have over thirteen years of gluten-free living under our belt. We know firsthand that when you’re on a gluten-free diet it’s easy to turn your focus toward what’s lacking. Yet there are so many great things out there to enjoy! So much is still delicious and accessible. We train our eye to gorgeous, indulgent, and useful food. Our recipes unfold through the seasons, with a focus on what’s available and natural. Through our site, free newsletter, and social media accounts, we will share love letters to friendly grains, simple snack ideas, well-tested recipes for classics, and recipes with which to entertain friends or easily create weeknight meals.

Tara Donneis a freelance editorial and commercial photographer whose work centers on food, travel, and lifestyle. Growing up in her family’s restaurant, weeding the summer garden, and enjoying lively holidays around the dinner table, it was inevitable that she’d become a food-obsessed adult. Tara’s life revolves around what she’s going to cook or eat next, and she happily allows the seasons to call the shots. After studying photography at Syracuse University, Tara moved to Brooklyn and began her career as a photo editor for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Real Simple and domino. Shortly after landing in New York she was diagnosed with celiac disease and has been eating gluten-free for eleven years. See more of Tara’s work here.

Liza Jernowis a food stylist based in New York City. After studying fashion at the Rhode Island School of Design, Liza trained as a chef at the French Culinary Institute. She began her career in the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia test kitchens and for the last 17 years has worked as a food stylist on cookbooks, advertisements, and for major magazines. A few years ago Liza started to have some health issues and found that giving up gluten helped her to feel better. At first she was heartbroken to turn down croissants and pretzels. But once she started to experiment in the kitchen she found herself inspired, excited, and satisfied. See more of Liza’s work here.




May I re­publish your recipes and/or photos on my site?

Thank you for the compliment! We’re so excited to share our recipes and images with you. We hope that you understand how much heart and soul, time, and hard work go into them and given that we simply ask that you link back to us whenever you share an image or mention one of our recipes. Please don’t post more than one image without contacting us first and of course, please don’t copy and paste any recipes onto your site.


Are Liza and Tara available for photography, recipe development, and food styling?

Why, yes! These are our full-time jobs and we love them and feel very lucky to do what we do. We really enjoy helping brands to grow and would love to talk more if our areas of expertise fit your brand’s needs. For commercial and editorial photography assignments, please email Tara. For food styling and recipe development by assignment, please email Liza. We also love collaborating to create gluten-free recipes and images (clearly!) so if that is more specifically what you’re looking for, please email us here.


Where did the name “Wild Apple” come from?

We wanted to conjure something that said: close to nature, seasonal, and fresh, with a nod to adventure and exploration. We didn’t want to say "gluten" in the title of our journal because let’s face it—"gluten" is just not a beautiful word. There’s also a lovely story that Tara only found out about after she threw the name into the hat but that sealed the deal. It goes like this: Liza hikes upstate in the Catskills with her dog and he always seems to find wild apple trees in the woods. Often they’re at the base of an old house's foundation as people often pressed their own cider. Liza has taken cuttings from these trees and friends have helped her to propagate and plant seedlings in her backyard upstate. She has a tiny little orchard growing. We love the metaphor.