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Lois Ellen Frank
Lois Ellen Frank Now based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, award-winning chef, author, native foods historian, culinary anthropologist, and photographer Lois Ellen Frank was born and raised on Long Island, New York.

Her first career experiences were as a professional cook in the Hamptons on eastern Long Island. She was also an organic gardener, helping to grow produce for local restaurants in the early days of the farm-to-table movement.

Dr. Frank is an adjunct professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts, (IAIA) a four-year accredited college in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she has taught about the Ethnobotany of Foods and Plants of the Southwest.

In 2007, Dr. Frank started a Native American Cuisine catering company called Red Mesa, which cooks for private events, corporate meetings, and gallery openings, as well as native events and organizations across the country. Red Mesa’s catering is unique in that it combines Native American cuisine with educational lectures on the history of the foods from southwestern Indian nations, and includes a unique fine-dining experience of Native American ancestral foods with a modern twist unlike anything anywhere else in the United States.

She is a featured cooking instructor at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, and her cookbook, The Taco Table, published by the Western National Parks Association, won the Arizona Glyph Book Award in 2010 for best new cookbook.

Her research and documentation in written, photographic, and food form includes the agricultural, culinary, mythological, and socioeconomic uses of foods & plants among various indigenous peoples all over the Americas. She continues to be actively involved in her photographic career, working with a diverse group of clients as well as pursuing her academic research and teaching about foods of the Americas.