Spices of Life is an innovative  food/health/ lifestyle website featuring video blogs, easy, delicious, and health- giving recipes, and cooking and wellness tips from nationally recognized authorities.


Nina Simonds

Nina Simonds is an award-winning journalist and author and is one of the country’s leading authorities on Asian cooking. In 2001, Newsweek Magazine named her one of “America’s Top Twenty-Five Asian Hands”. She is the author of ten books on Chinese cuisine and culture, including the best-selling A Spoonful of Ginger and Spices of Life, both of which won both the IACP and the James Beard Foundation Book Award for Health.

Simonds has appeared on television programs throughout the United States including The Today Show and The Martha Stewart Show and has been featured on National Public Radio’s The Diane Rehm Show, Morning Edition and Fresh Air. She was a contributing editor for Gourmet Magazine and was a regular contributor to the New York Times and O Magazine. Simonds’ articles have appeared in Cooking Light, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Bon Appetit, Family Circle, and Self Magazine.

Her website with innovative video blogs (www.spicesoflife.com) was launched in February of 2007 and is featured regularly in The Hungry Beast, the food section of The Daily Beast. It has also been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and on the home page of iTunes. SpicesofLife.com has also been selected as a member of the “Prevention Healthy Living Group”, a portfolio of high quality health and wellness websites linked to Prevention.com, the #1 healthy lifestyle brand in the U.S. The main focus of Simonds’ blog is health, wellness, convenience and pleasure.

Presently, she is working on her eleventh book, “Asian Express: Irresistibly Delicious, Healthy, and Convenient Meals for the Busy Cook” which will be published by Rodale Press in 2012.

Elissa Mintzis a freelance videographer and video editor for Spices of Life and for GrowingWisdom.com, a resource for gardeners created by WCVB meteorologist and horticulturist Dave Epstein. She has created about 300 videos for the site. Elissa has also produced videos for Whole Foods Market; the Mass Medical Society, the Museum of Science, Boston; and was the editor for Tingle Television, a cable access program hosted by comedian and former 60 Minutes commentator Jimmy Tingle. In 2005 she ventured into documentary filmmaking with a short piece called “All Night Long: Zydeco in New England”. She also edited the award-winning film “ Smile Boston Project”, by film maker David Tames. Elissa is a former software technical writer with experience creating interactive online training materials. Elissa has a B.A. in English Literature from Wellesley College.

Steve Garfield is an advisor to media and internet companies about online video, a speaker at conferences on mobile video broadcasting, video producer and teacher of New Media Tools for Journalism at Boston University. He is one of the Internet’s first video bloggers having launched his own regular video blog on January 1, 2004. He was the founding video producer for Spices of Life. Steve has been a featured speaker at the New England Newspaper Association, Streaming Media East/West, New Media Expo, PodCamp Boston, Video on the Net – Boston and San Jose, NH Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, and Podcast Academy Boston. Currently, he provides citizen journalism reports for CNN iReport, Rocketboom, TheUptake, and techPresident.

Marcella Hoekstra is a videographer/editor and award winning filmmaker. She specializes in online media and events. She has produced feature films, documentaries, music videos, business profiles, artist profiles, promotional and event videos. She began shooting “Spices of Life” videos in late 2011 which greatly satisfies her inner foodie. She lives in Arlington with her daughter and two cats. She has a BA in Film and Video from Rhode Island School of Design.


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