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Julia Mueller - The Roasted Root | http://www.theroastedroot.net

ABOUT JULIA

Welcome! I’m Julia Mueller, your recipe developer, photographer, cookbook author, and shinanigans-writer here at The Roasted Root.  On this site, you will find nutrient-rich recipes that are primarily centered around vegetables and meat.  You’ll also get your fill of gluten-free treats and pancakes. I am passionate about nutrition and strongly believe it is possible to enjoy meals that are healthful yet delicious and comforting.

I began this blog in September of 2011 as a way of allowing my creative juices to flow. At first, my blog was just a hobby and I didn’t anticipate it becoming a career. One thing kept leading to another thing, which led me to where I am today: writing cookbooks, snapping photos and developing recipes for food companies, and hanging out with you – right here – on this site.

My ideal meal usually consists of POUNDS of vegetables, along with some form of lean animal protein. I love brewing naturally fermented probiotic drinks at home, and I drink kombucha every single day. I strie to maintain balance in all facets of life, and think it’s important to tailor diet around lifestyle. If you enjoy (or are interested in) eating your weight in veggies and/or learning how to make homemade kombucha, you are definitely in the right spot!!

If you are interested in working with me, you can learn more about ways we can partner up here, or you can send me an email at roastedrootfood (at) gmail (dot) com.

When I’m not cooking, writing, or taking food photos, I spend my free time outdoors. I live in Lake Tahoe, where I mountain bike, run, hike, snowboard, and enjoy life and nature. You can get a load of my culinary and outdoor adventures by checking up on me on Instagram.

My readers (yeah, you!) mean the world to me. I love and respect your opinions and willingness to give feedback! So please do! Gimme that feedback!

You can e-mail me at roastedrootfood (at) gmail (dot) com, or you can follow me around the social sphere on  Google+FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram

COOKBOOKS

I am so fortunate to be able to share my passion for healthy food and drinks through writing cookbooks!  The first cookbook I wrote, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, is geared toward brewing naturally fermented probiotic beverages at home.  This book includes How To’s on making kombucha, kefir, ginger beer, lactofermented lemonade and more.  It also includes 75 recipes for flavoring these tasty drinks. Delicious Probiotic Drinks was released in February 2014, and available for sale through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble!.

Cookbook #2 is called Let Them Eat Kale! . . .and centered entirely around – you guessed it! – kale, one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods in the world!  This book includes healthful kale recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack – you name it!  This book was released July 1, 2014 and is available for purchase through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

FUN THINGS

Do you like a good funky fresh t-shirt?? Visit my t-shirt shop and browse around. Here you can find theme t-shirts for my cookbooks and other fun items.

give em kale t-shirt

RESOURCES FOR FOOD BLOGGERS

Are you a food blogger or are you interested in starting a food blog?  Here are some of the resources I use to make mine happen! Note: The links below are affiliate links, which means if you click on any of the links and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. Thank you for your support and for understanding this is partially what helps fund The Roasted Root!

bluehost  Web Hosting: In order to run a website, you will need a web host. The one I use and love is BlueHost!

 

 

 

My Camera: I use a Canon EOS 60D  for all of the photography you see on this site. When I first started blogging, I used a point-and-shoot camera, but as I upgraded to this camera about a year ago and couldn’t be happier with my choice! I shoot all of my images in RAW and edit them using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.

 

 

My Lens:  I use the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 Lens for all of my food photography, but it wasn’t always this way! My first lens was the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens; however, when I dropped my camera straight onto this lens, I upgraded to the f/1.4. Life’s little mishaps are always a great excuse for improvement. :)

 

My Tripod: My photography improved immensely when I began using a tripod. Mine is the Sunpak Pictures Plus Photo & Video TripodFor a long time, I shot all of my photos without a tripod. After reading other food blogger’s take on food photography, I figured I would give a tripod a shot. I couldn’t be happier with my decision, as my camera pretty much lives perched on my tripod at all times, ready to shoot!

 

 

Light Reflector: I use the NEEWER 32-Inch 80CM Portable 5 in 1 Light Reflector in order to ensure I get the lighting I want in my photos. My house gets a lot of great natural light, but sometimes even natural light needs to be played with. Over time, I learned that the amount and the direction of the light is just as crucial as shooting in natural light. For this reason, I use my reflector when necessary to ensure I get even lighting so that the color in the back (top) of my photos does not get “blown out” when I edit them.

 

Editing Software: I almost exclusively use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 [Old Version] for photo editing. The updated version, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is available, but I have not used it because I am perfectly content with the version I am using now. Most of the edits I make to my photos are to the Exposure (the majority of the time, I adjust exposure downward), the Contrast (I adjust up), and the Vibrance (adjust way up). I sometimes adjust for temperature and clarity, but I find if I get a great balance of exposure, contrast, and vibrance, I am pretty happy with the end result.

 

AFFILIATE LINKS

In my blog posts, I sometimes include affiliate links to products I used for the recipe. Similar to the links above, if you click on them and make a purchase, I will receive commission. I provide these links as a way of giving you easy access to high quality products. Some of the time, purchasing the products off the internet is more cost-effective than an in-store purchase. This is also one of the ways I fund my blog.

CONTACT ME AND STAY CONNECTED!

You can find me on Google+Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram

Feedback or questions? Email me at roastedrootfood {at} gmail {dot} com !!