ABOUT WILL FROLIC FOR FOOD
Plant-based recipes, joyful living, mindfulness and story. These things are at the heart of Will Frolic for Food. The food of course comes first, as through the exploration of slow meals and conversation I catch hold of something willfully kind, good natured and whole in the human spirit. Joy between souls that can only be known through sharing a divine sensory experience together.
Will Frolic for Food is all about eating to live… live inspired, live well, and live joyfully.
More than that, WFFF is about community. We come here to touch something peaceful and bright, something that heals us from the inside out. Reach out to your fellow bloggers, commenters and food-lovers. Lock eyes. Touch hands. Hold each other. A good meal can be a salve for the spirit. And can act as a bond of kinship. I encourage you all to explore making meals for friends for the sake of play, for the sake of creating friend-family. At the very least, for the sake of having a reason to open that fabulous bottle of wine.
On WFFF you’ll find plant based food with a bent towards magic. That is, I love to play with unusual healing ingredients like maca, bee pollen and turmeric. This is not to say that recipes with fancy ingredients are the core of WFFF. Mostly you’ll find accessible, quick recipes that are just really damn delicious. Try to imagine me as a combo of your nona, an alchemist and stevie nicks. Go on, hold it in your minds eye.
Yep, that’s me in the velvet pants and hair wrap listening to Earth Wind and Fire while holding a frosty maca chocolate milkshake, vegan meatballs frying on the stove.
I think it’s important to note that this blog is very much so meant to cater to everyone who wants to eat more plants and live a happier, healthier and more mindful life… regardless of the why. True, I believe a diet focused on whole plant foods is the best for our bodies and the planet. But this space is for all the people, and I don’t give two shits about diet labels. Find what works and love yourself. That’s it.
Also maybe I curse too frequently? Meh, navy family, sue me.
The vast majority of the recipes on WFFF are dairy free, vegan and gluten free. Almost everything is refined sugar & peanut free (except a handful of recipes way back in the archives). Occasionally you’ll catch me using goat cheese, eggs, spelt or einkorn. The recipes are reflective of the way I eat. What you see is what you get.
Because food should be nourishing, easy and most importantly: FUN!
I’m Renee Byrd. I grew up in what we call the “757” aka Virginia Beach, a sprawling city known for blue crab soup, the boardwalk, surf kids and a heavy Navy influence. Actually, I grew up in Sandbridge — essentially an isolated peninsula at the border of Virginia and North Carolina. It’s ocean on one side and bay on the other. A wildlife preserve was a stones throw (literally) from my childhood window.
I now live in Charlottesville, VA with my husband Logan. We live in a tiny house in our city surrounded by mountains. Our piece of property is planted with blueberry and huckleberry bushes, wild blackberries, pomegranate / sour cherry / mulberry / persimmon / jujube date trees, asparagus, strawberries, roses, camellias, honeysuckle and soon-to-be loads of raised-bed gardens full of greens, tomatoes, squash and flowers!
I fell in love with plant-based eating in college, where I was first exposed to veganism and the raw food movement. I worked in the food industry (organic grocery, coffee shops, juice bars) throughout my early twenties, though I’ve learned much more about food through persistent experimentation, following my gut, traveling and cooking with talented friends.
I started blogging here at WFFF full-time in 2015. Beyond blogging, I shoot portrait and wedding photography and I teach hatha and vinyasa yoga. I play in a band and I write music, poetry, prose and short stories.
I believe strongly in living a mindful, joyful and inspired life. The pursuit of beauty, soul-nourishment and kind-living is what keeps me going. I’m seeking the silver lining, the ray of sunshine, the flower growing through the concrete. I want to soak up the magic in the mundane. And I want to shine positivity into the world like a buttercup gleaming in the sun.
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Want to say hi? Drop me a line? For inquiries related to recipe development, sponsored posts, photography, creative collaboration etc. submit via my contact form here or shoot an email to hello [at] willfrolicforfood [dot] com. You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
My Work and Press
My work has been featured on Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Food, The Kitchn, Food52, The Food Network Blog, Self Magazine, Shape Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, Pure Green Magazines, Urban Outfitters Blog (US and Europe), Brit & Co., SBS Australia, Zeit Magazin, The Local Palate and a few other spots. See the full list (with links) here.