Cooking for Better Brain Health
Updated: Nov 15, 2019
Dr. Annie Fenn is a Board-Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist who specialized in Menopausal Health for over 20 years. She retired from clinical practice to teach people how to cook and eat with brain healthy foods. “Cooking is the best way I know, as a physician,” she says, “to radically improve health.” After retiring from medical practice, Dr. Fenn trained under chefs in Italy, Mexico, and at the Culinary Institute of America. In 2017 she created Brain Health Kitchen, the only cooking school of its kind to focus on preventing Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Brain Health Kitchen has been described as part hands-on cooking class, part medical consultation, and part of the solution to wipe out Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Fenn teaches Brain Health Kitchen cooking classes throughout the U.S. and abroad. She lectures internationally about how to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias with lifestyle interventions. She created the website brainhealthkitchen.com to share brain-nourishing recipes and the latest information about dementia prevention. Brain Health Kitchen is part of the first community-based dementia prevention program in the country: Brain Works, a 7-day Boot Camp in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Dr. Fenn serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation. She is on the faculty of Sempre Sano, a wellness retreat in Tuscany, Italy. And she is a regular Visiting Chef at Rancho la Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. Dr. Fenn lives in Jackson, Wyoming with her husband of twenty-nine years, sons Jack and Nick, and dogs Orzo and Olive Oyl. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the Teton Mountains where she lives, mountain biking, skiing, fly-fishing, and foraging for wild mushrooms and huckleberries. She serves on the board of Hole Food Rescue, and volunteers her time to reduce food insecurity in her community.
At the Salon: Dr. Fenn addressed the evolving science of what to eat to fend off Alzheimer's and other dementias; why she considers brain healthy eating to be a lifestyle rather than a diet; and which foods are especially good for the brain. She demonstrated how to make a few of her favorite dishes using brain-friendly cooking techniques.
Click here to get the handout about practices for better brain health.
Click here to see the salon powerpoint presentation.
Click here for the salon recipes.