Barbara Spalding Chef

Barbara Spalding, RDN, Culinary Dietitian

I’m Barbara Spalding, Food Writer, Second Career Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Wife, Mother, Daughter And Friend.

In my first career, I started and grew a health insurance brokerage and consultancy. After 12 years, I sold the business and took my career in a new direction. I enrolled at Rutgers university and became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I had found my Second Act. I followed my passion for food and cooking as a Culinary Dietitian.

I have also lived a double life with chronic breast cancer for over 14 years. In my “real life” I am a Culinary Registered Dietitian with a passion to cook healthy international cuisine, but in my “other life,” I am a long term breast cancer patient and survivor. And sometimes, on treatment days, or when I am not feeling well, my two lives collide. Sometimes this collision interferes with pursuing my purpose in life - my passion for cooking and helping others build resilience to pursue their own dreams.

The pace of modern life has made it hard for us to slow down and savor our world.  Many people I meet don’t know how to cook. So this is part of my mission. To share the pleasure of making food from around the world and learn about other cultures and the types of foods they enjoy.

Cooking is a form of meditation. When I am alone in a quiet kitchen, chopping vegetables and preparing a meal, I am living in the moment. I find when I cook it is a relaxing experience and I don’t think about breast cancer. I am able to lose myself in the task at hand, and forget about my ongoing disease.  This is one way that I work on building my resilience which serves me well when I’m facing the madness of breast cancer wonderland.

I believe food should be easy to prepare and that enjoying a nice meal with friends or family, and good conversation, is one of the great pleasures of life. Whether you are also in your second act or simply looking for inspiration to use in your kitchen, I’m on a mission to share everything I’ve learned with you about food, ingredients, recipes, cooking techniques ,nutrition , and resilience so you can relax ,enjoy your meals, and savor your world.


Whether you are also in your second act or simply looking for inspiration to use in your kitchen.