My forthcoming book!
A sample of some of the material you'll find in this book-in-progress...
Our plan is to publish the "Purple Pizza and Other Healthful Flavors Savor" with the help of sponsorship and donations.
To help this project move forward, please click below:
"Every time we buy food at a supermarket, restaurant or farmers' market, we are voting with our dollars. We are voting for the environment; how food is grown (either organically or with chemicals); how animals are raised - with or without drugs; how food is produced - with or without additives and preservatives. We vote with our dollars and those dollars ultimately produce health or ill health for people and our planet. June Pagan is passionate about educating people regarding healthy foods and providing delicious recipes using health-promoting ingredients. June is helping us vote every day - for good health - by providing superb preparation and cooking ideas, interspersed with valuable information to keep us entertained and enlightened."
Sandy Gooch, Founder of Mrs. Gooch’s Markets
"June is an artist in the kitchen."
"Your fried chicken was fabulous!"
"During hard times, there are three people I would not let go - my trainer, my hairstylist, and my chef. June has kept us healthy."
"Each evening, June prepares a beautiful and delicious meal,not only for my husband and myself but one that will please my two teenage sons, sometimes cooking two separate meals. June cooks with a great deal of variety and skill."
"You're hired." (after tasting June's warm-out-of-the-oven homemade ginger cookies on a chilly winter day.)
"The meatball stew is INCREDIBLE!! I could easily eat that twice a week!
The gnocchi was delicious!
The cereal is PERFECT!
The apricots were amazing!
I Like the Soba salad!
Arugula/tomatoes were great! I LOOOOVE arugula and it was perfect, not bitter!
Steak meal was FANTASTIC!
Lentil soup was great!
Pasta is yummy!
Chicken with Mango is good!
All the snacks are perfect!
Shrimp is phenomenal!
Fruit cup is yummy.
Oatmeal & museli my favorites.
Steak and veggies are very tasty.
Banana cake is beyond incredible.
I'm VERY excited about eating delicious, healthy food!"
"June Pagan has prepared healthy and delicious meals for my patients with Celiac Disease and Gluten intolerance. I am delighted to see that she is sharing her best gluten free recipes in Purple Pizza."
Evette Richardson, MS, RDN
"These delicious recipes crafted by noted chef, June Pagan, use simple preparation techniques designed to engage the senses with the flavors and vivid colors of freshly picked fruits and vegetables and Pagan's book could not be more timely at this time when people are becoming increasingly aware of the rise of new viruses in our environment. The recipes emphasize produce containing anti-oxidants which boost the immune system."
Marianne Brown, UCCE CG Master Gardener Marianne is a public health educator and Master Gardener
“I have known June Pagan for more than thirty years. The thing that most amazes me is her depth of knowledge about preparation, food safety, caloric content and the many ethnic foods she can bring forth with ease. June has focused on the health aspects of food for her entire career and mastered it long ago. She has a passion rarely seen by someone cooking for as long as she has. I have had the privilege of enjoying her creations on numerous occasions and it is a real treat. When I get rich, I hope to hire her to prepare her healthy food for me.”
Jerry Sloan, Private Chef
“June Pagan is one of the pioneers in creating well-balanced, healthy meals. She created delicious meals that helped me lose weight, bring my cholesterol down and that were convenient for me to change my life style. My family and I have worked with June for almost 20 years and she has been more than our culinary resource – she has been our friend.”
Lorraine Spurge, Maple Stone Capital
“Creative, versatile and delicious are the first adjectives that come to mind, when I think of June Pagan's cooking. The list of famous clientele she's cooked for (people who could afford to pay anyone), speaks for itself. The facts are simply this: she's an undiscovered treasure that the extremely affluent were keeping to themselves. Now, it's our turn.”
Robert Vance Cross, Master Sommelier and Author
"There is a great need for fantastic resources like Purple Pizza. Our organization distributes coupons to thousands of low income families at farmers markets in LA County. For many families, it's their first encounter with fresh food. There's a learning curve to becoming a fresh food shopper and cook. Purple Pizza is the one of the best tools to bring community members into the fold in a non-intimidating way. Eating healthy is for everyone. Purple Pizza should be taught in schools and delivered to home kitchens everywhere!"
Frank Tamborello, Director, Hunger Action LA
"Purple Pizza with its gorgeous photos of artistically prepared foods and fresh from the farmers market recipes make it a must for every kitchen and an inspiration for every meal. June Pagan has included key information about nutrition and locality in the book for each recipe, which connects us to how and why the ingredients we choose make a difference for healthier, more sustainable choices."
Diana Rodgers, Manager Mar Vista Certified Farmers' Market
“June Pagan's food is not only delicious, but it's also a life saver. June listens to her clients needs and gets her food delivered to your front door. It doesn't seem to matter what allergies or dislikes one has, June will make it all perfectly yummy.”
Bonnie Stoll Head Handler/Trainer for Diana Nyad
Menu of Services...
Visit my Youtube page to see some instructional videos...for example, this one...
You'll find more of my videos here...
My Mission Statement
To deliver flavorful, exciting food that is always made with the purest and highest quality ingredients available - food that is prepared with a respect for nutritional integrity. There are two essential factors in bringing great meals to the table: 1) Selection of fresh ingredients, from local growers whenever possible; and 2) Preparing each dish by hand, in small batches, to ensure quality and uniqueness. Nourish your body, nourish your soul.
“Happily, there is still in our souls a primitive and essential awe for that central god of the kitchen, whose name is fire.”
Alan Watts 1968
“My faith in human nature tells me that our very nerves will force us to realize that there can be no taste at the table without love in the kitchen.”
Alan Watts 1968
About June Pagan
June Pagan was born in New York, and remained in the tri-state area until she was in her early twenties. Her interest in the culinary arts was sparked by visits to legendary
restaurants such as Brasserie and El Faro, and Greene Street. She has a strong affinity for East Coast cuisine styles, from New England to Florida. She developed a broad range of ethnic styles,
through her years of exposure to different food cultures in New York. June has more than two decades of experience as a full-service caterer, private chef, corporate yacht chef, and consultant to
restaurants and health spas. She has also created and developed a weight-loss and disease prevention food program, “Clean Cuisine.”
During the early 1980’s, June was a corporate yacht chef on the eastern seaboard, providing exclusive meal service to the owners of multi-million dollar yachts from the Caribbean to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Among her many clients was the owner of the New York Coliseum (New York Islander hockey team). June worked the 1983 America’s Cup competition, providing catering services. By the mid 1980’s, she was fully trained at the Pritikin Center in Santa Monica, leading to the position of Head Chef at a satellite facility. During 1987, she served as personal chef to Al Pacino and Diane Keaton, providing New York Italian style menus. She was also the personal chef to Sally Field from 1987 through 1990, serving regional American dishes to Ms. Field and her family.
By 1996, June had become the personal chef to Elizabeth Taylor. June utilized her well-honed dietary expertise to help Elizabeth Taylor achieve a fifteen-pound weight loss goal in two weeks, prior to a European tour. From 1998 through 2000, June served as personal chef to the CEO of City National Bank, providing gourmet and diet-oriented family meals. In addition to providing in-home meals to these personal clients, June also catered larger dinner parties, wrap parties, and other special events.
As a result of her experience with high-profile Hollywood clientele, June developed a following for her unique approach to healthy gourmet-style cooking. By 1990, June was one of the first chefs to develop a gourmet food delivery service, providing “clean cuisine” to her demanding clientele. She has developed hundreds of specialty dishes which, while being designed for disease prevention and weight loss, satisfy the palate. Her numerous clients have included Glen Frye, Fran Drescher, Jason Alexander, Katie Sagal, Kathy Najimy, Eddie Murphy, Prince, Aaron Spelling, Pia Zadora, Michael Pressman, the Trusteeship for the Betterment of Women, and the Italian-American Foundation of San Pedro. Her menu consultation clients have included the Los Angeles Athletic Club and the Pritikin Center. Most recently, June served as private chef to Judith & Steven Krantz, keeping Ms. Krantz at a svelte Size 2.
In addition to her experience as a chef, June Pagan is an accomplished baker. She has created her own line of miniature desserts, which achieved popularity among restaurants, caterers and her private clients.
June Pagan is currently working on incorporating healthy chocolate desserts into her dietary program, with an emphasis on creating satisfying-but-healthy sweets for menopausal women. June will be developing a number of desserts that can be consumed by people with diabetes. She also provides menu consultation services to individuals as well as businesses.
June Pagan was voted “Best Chef for two” – Los Angeles Magazine, “Best of L.A.” 1999 issue. She has also held membership in the San Francisco Food Society and the Los Angeles Women Chefs Association. For June Pagan, cooking has been much more than just a career – it has been her journey in life.
Most recently, June Pagan has been active as a volunteer with St. Joseph's Culinary Program, where she works with fledgling culinary students, helping them to hone their skills. For photographs and additional information, go to the "Urban Survival Kitchen" tab above.