Rachel Kaganoff Stern
Rachel Kaganoff Stern is a wife, mother of two, political activist, volunteer, photographer, avid cook, writer, book-maker and blogger. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow Rachel on twitter at twitter.com/kaganoffkitchen.
Rachel’s family has a long tradition of spending time together in the kitchen. Her father spent a number of years running an artisanal bakery, and served as Executive Chef of a small Italian Restaurant in Santa Barbara. Both of her grandmothers made family meals a priority and passed that tradition on to their children and grandchildren. Four years ago Rachel set out to document the family recipes created by her grandmothers, her parents and those developed in her own kitchen. Over the course of a year she prepped, revised, edited and photographed over 200 family recipes. Writing a food blog seemed a logical next step after writing the family cookbook. She and her husband are wine collectors and love the process of pairing food to wine. Both of them take on the challenge of thinking through what should be matched to Rosenthal’s quarterly wine club mailings, and the rest of the family often pitches in as well.
When Rachel isn’t cooking she spends a great deal of time working in the non-profit community. She currently serves as National Fundraising Chair and member of the Board of Directors, for The Junior Statesmen Foundation. She is Vice President of the Planned Parenthood Volunteer Guild, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project. She is former Co-Chair and member of the Executive Board of the Women’s Political Committee and she serves on the Steering Committee of The Women in Leadership Initiative at Princeton University.
Rachel spent 15 years as an Associate Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica. She worked across a number of research areas including health care, civil justice, and national security policy. Her primary responsibilities were to design and implement case studies. Her final project at RAND was a two-year study evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the programs used to compensate losses resulting from the September 11 Terrorist Attacks. Rachel graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University and has a master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University.