I’m Sam Tackeff, and I’ve been cooking in the kitchen for longer than I can remember. My mother would set me to work with something to peel, chop, or stir right alongside her. There is no doubt that I’m the happiest when eating, cooking, talking or thinking about food.

I’m the co-founder of Ompractice, a platform for live, interactive online yoga and meditation that can be taken from anywhere

Previous to that, I spent the last four years building my consulting business, working with startups and small business owners on operations and marketing strategy.

I grew up in New Hampshire, right by the ocean, and after college moved to San Francisco, where I dabbled in PR, became the bookstore manager of Omnivore Books on Food, and was an early team member at Square. Later in my career, I led globalization at the mobile fitness company, Runkeeper (now owned by Asics). I’ve led the life of a Jill of all Trades: technologist, writer, blogger, website design, editor, food consultant, recipe tester, food researcher, recipe organizer, and have worked for some prominent chefs and cookbook authors. Cookbooks are my passion! I’m always looking for new opportunities to share my love for food, and if you would like to work with me, please email me at sam (at) thesecondlunch.com. 

I’m also particularly interested in how food plays a role in health and wellness, and am a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and a certified health and wellness coach, with certification from the SUNY Purchase College. I’m also a certified personal trainer, RRCA certified run coach, and group fitness instructor. 

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While I’m certainly not doing this blog to make a living, if you purchase books or products that are mentioned on this site, such as from Amazon.com, I may be receiving a tiny kick back from your purchases (think fractions of a cent, or cents). And while I’d always recommend shopping at your local independent bookstores, cooking stores, etc. these bonuses only help to keep this blog running!

While the majority of books and kitchen gadgetry mentioned on the blog have been purchased from my own resources, occasionally I will receive products for review – please note, I will *always* disclose that I have received a product for review, and frankly, I won’t post about it if I don’t like it.

Here’s the official disclosure: “Samantha Tackeff is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.”

Health Disclaimer:

Please note that I am not a doctor or an RD, but I am a certified health and wellness consultant through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. For further help regarding medical illnesses such as eating disorders, please contact your doctor or local RD for advice. For more information, please contact me at sam@thesecondlunch.com.

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