Powerful, Creative, Inspiring Women – Dani Valent

In the glow of International Women’s Day on March 8, I wanted to shine a light on some of the amazing women featured on my site. I love them for their warmth, generosity, intelligence, kindness, camaraderie and – of course – their food.

I often say that I love telling stories about food because it connects me with people. Often that means men – and some really great men too – but I reckon it probably includes more women. Even though some sectors of the cheffing world are still dominated by men, there are also many trailblazing, pathfinding, getting-on-with-it women and I love to seek them out. Home cooking – that daily food-on-the-table scenario – more often falls to women. It can be a grind but it can also be so satisfying and rewarding to feed and nurture those around you, especially when you have great recipes!

So, please enjoy the recipes and great vibes from these wonderful women. As well as the fab selection below, I have even more great women and great recipes here.

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Alice Zaslavsky

Alice is an educator, author, consummate MC and all-round great gal. Enjoy her Cheesy Quinoa Bites and check out Phenomenom, her game-changing veg-focused curriculum for kids.

Christy Tania

Christy is a leading pastry chef and business owner. Her videos are dessert masterclasses: there’s SO much good info sprinkled in amongst her Cherry Semifreddo and Choc Top recipes. Also check out her dessert shops, Glacé.

Sharon Flynn

Sharon Flynn is ACE. She runs The Fermentary which is revolutionising the way Australians think about fermented foods, and she’s shared three great fermented recipes with us: Amazake, Kimchi and Vegan Kimchi Mayo.

Jo Whitton

Many people know Jo Whitton as Quirky Cooking. She is clever, creative and totally inspiring and we had so much fun making allergy-friendly Chicken Pot Pies, Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Smoothie and Coconut Flour Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup

Sam Gowing

Sammy is a blast of sunny energy and goodness. She’s the original spa chef and a qualified no-nonsense voice on nutrition. Enjoy her Food Health Wealth site, possibly while you’re eating her  The Beauty of the Beets salad. It’s a ripper!

Gamila MacRury

Olive and saffron farmer, entrepreneur, smart gal, no-nonsense cocktail fan and all-round legend, I am a big fan of Gamila at Beechworth. Check out her great recipes: Apple Clafoutis, Dulce de Leche Espresso Martini, Wombok Coleslaw and Rhubarb Saffrontini.

Pla Liamthong


Pla is the biggest, sparkiest burst of energy – I am such a fan. As well as being a great cook, Pla is an entrepreneur and business coach. Spice up your life with her Gang Prik with Stir Fried Kangaroo, Gang Prik with Steamed Chicken and Kha Nhom Jeen Nam Prik.

Sophia Handschuh

You’ll love these recipes I created with the warm, talented UK-based Sophia: Grissini & Fetta Dip and Orange & Polenta Cake with Mango Cardamom Sorbet. See more of her loveliness at Sophia’s Kitchen.

Jules McKie

Jules shares her many talents with me at danivalent.com but she’s got so much more going on. Check out her Banana-Choc Hemp Bliss Balls and Mint & Choc-Chip Hemp Smoothie on my site and also dive into her good vibes and passion for health over at Wholefood Alchemist.


Laetitia Hoffman

I dropped into Ratio Cocoa Roasters – owned by another ace woman, Debb Makin – and made some life-changing truffles with the talented and meticulous Laetitia. Enjoy these Chilli Peanut Butter Truffles and Orange, Cardamom & Pistachio Truffles.


Christina Tosi

Oh my goodness, US pastry chef, entrepreneur and celeb chef star Christina Tosi is someone you need in your life. Enjoy our interview and make your life better by cooking her Carrot Layer Cake.

Annie Xavier

Annie is a best-selling author and recipe developer based in Malaysia. Check her out here. You’ll love these recipes Annie shared with my members: Hong Kong-style Braised Pork Ribs with Tomato, Stir-fried Pork and Long Beans and Hakka Yam Abacus Beads. She has such a knack for simple, delicious, realistic dishes!

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