Didi Emmons

Didi Emmons
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Didi says she likes food with no packaging—preferably just harvested—and friends who pick up their phone. When she first became interested in food as a career, she washed dishes in several small cooking schools in exchange for free classes


Didi Emmons
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Hot Artichoke and Goat Cheese Dip

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Didi Emmons is a chef, cookbook author, educator, and former restaurateur. Currently she is executive chef for Take Back the Kitchen, with is part of Haley House in Boston’s South End and Roxbury, Massachusetts.


She is the author of two cookbooks: Entertaining for a Veggie Planet: 250 Down-to-Earth Recipes and her earlier book, Vegetarian Planet, which was nominated as a best book by IACP and the James Beard Foundation.


Didi was the co-owner of the Veggie Planet restaurant in Harvard Square from 2001 until 2009. Before that she worked at Hamersley’s Bistro in Boston and The Blue Room in Cambridge.


She was the chef at the Haley House Café Bakery, where she helped found the Take Back the Kitchen program for urban youth.


Haley House is more than 40 years old and was originally started to provide basic necessities to the homeless. It soon expanded into a full-service soup kitchen run by a live-in community of volunteers and guests. Its mission is to mobilize resources to support people as they move toward economic independence and meaningful lives.


She studied cooking at La Varenne culinary institute in Paris.


Didi currently is a trans fat consultant for the Boston Public Health Commission and works with the Boston Public Schools to improve school lunches. She has been affiliated with Chefs Collaborative and Slow Food. In 2009, she was presented with the 2009 Gardens for Humanity Visionary award.


Didi lives in Boston. The website for Take Back the Kitchen is

Latest Recipes

Chilled Mango Soup

This summer, cool off by enjoying a bowl of Chilled Mango Soup! The make-ahead recipe's ingredients include yogurt, sweet onion, an assortment of herbs and spices, and of course a substantial amount of mango. This chilled mango soup can be ready to eat within about two hours and is the perfection dinner option for those hot summer nights when you don't feel like standing by a hot stove.

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Kitchen Cupboard Curry

You may have heard that the curry powders sold in super-markets are a far cry from those made in Indian kitchens. Once you try making you...

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Hot Artichoke and Goat Cheese Dip

This is the delicious artichoke and mayo dip one often spots at cocktail parties, but with goat cheese in lieu of the sour cream. This di...

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Sweet Fried Plantains

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Korean Vegetable Pancakes

These exotic pancakes are a festive way to start a dinner party. Every guest gets his or her own vegetable pancake and a dish of sesame-s...

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Basic Vegetable Stock

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Pear Salad with Stilton Dressing

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Home-style Brown Rice Pilaf

My friend Amy grew up on this dish, and she still eats it regularly. I myself could eat it twice a week, and not get tired of it. It’s co...

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Basmati Spinach Ragout

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Your Pad Thai or Mine

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Crispy Chinese Noodles with Eggplant and Peanuts

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All-Veggie Burgers

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Enchiladas in Pumpkin Seed-Chile Sauce

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Real Tamale Pie

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Lemon Curd Dip with Cherries and Berries

The first lemon curd I tasted was made by a talented pastry chef in New York City named Paul Geltner. He was teaching a French pastry cla...

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Poppy Seed French Toast

The pleasant crunch and mild flavor of poppy seeds make this French toast a nice way to start the day. I like to use the semisoft, inexpe...

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