Amateur cook and full-time Internet junkie, Aunt Clara was not really anyone's aunt at the time this all started, but she needed a catchy name for a website about cooking. She is Dominican and lives in the Independent Republic of PuntaCana, where after quite the zigzagging run through the corporate mill -- which started in Industrial Design and ended in International Commerce -- she now spends her days as a freelance food photographer and writer, expert procrastinator, semi-devoted wife to Bo, and Nadia's Doting Mom®. You can read here how it all started.
Originally from Gibraltar, Aunt Ilana studied and lived in England for the best part of two decades, mostly managing to avoid the local cuisine. After graduating in Politics and Social Anthropology from the University of Kent at Canterbury, she tried her hand at journalism and travel, finally finding a niche of sorts in international development. Her work at Oxfam's HQ in Oxford took her to more countries than she could have dared to dream of, including the Dominican Republic which she first visited in 1996. She settled here in 1999, married Dominican photographer Pedro Guzmán, and they now live in Punta Cana with their son Lucas. 12 years later she is still struggling to master the art of cooking rice Dominican-style. Besides our cookbooks, Aunt Ilana has also authored Expat FAQs: Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republicand Dominican Republic - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture.
Design, concept, content, and pictures by Aunt Clara.* Articles by Aunt Clara, Aunt Ilana and guest authors. *Except where otherwise stated.
We give (a damn)
Since 2007 we support a development agency working to improve nutrition in the most economically depressed areas of the country . Read more here.
Things we live by:
- Healthy food
- Frugal living
- Earth-friendly living
- Eating local
- Cultural awareness
- Respect for all people