About Us

The Cleaner Plate Club was originally a blog published by mother-writer-dog-walker-coffee-drinker- Ali Benjamin. She launched the blog in early 2007, as a way of motivating herself to step off the industrial food grid. Her original statement read:

Hormones in milk. Pesticides on produce. Feces on meat. Say what? I’m not a foodie, I’m rarely a cook, and I don’t have the time for slow food. Truth is, all I’m looking for is a decent meal – preferably one that my kids will eat, as well.

Through this blog, Ali met Beth Bader,  fellow mom, former shark-wrangler, and a simply outstanding cook.  They met over a recipe for kale chips, and formed a fast friendship. They shared recipes, encouragement, and frustration…and eventually wrote a book together.

That book, also called The Cleaner Plate Club, was published somewhere around the time that 2010 gave way to 2011. Around then, the blog that had once been Ali’s alone became a place where both writers could explore issues of raising healthy kids in a fast food world.

You’ll still find some of Ali’s old writing here, in the archives. Going forward, for non-food writing, you can find Ali at alibenjamin.com and Beth over at the (ex)Expatriate’s Kitchen.

7 Responses to About Us

  1. bethb says:

    Hi Emily, we don’t advertise anything on CPC other than our book, which is based on content from our blogs. Thank you for your interest!

  2. Aaliyah says:

    Hi Beth,

    I am the production coordinator for an educational parenting website that will launch in February and I am very interested in interviewing you on camera. Please contact me so that I can give you more information and you decide whether or not you can participate.


  3. Paul Taylor says:

    Hi Beth,
    We posted an article that we thought you and your readers might be interested in having a look at, “10 Easy Recipes for Sitters that Kids Love” (http://www.babysittingjobs.com/blog/10-easy-recipes-for-sitters-that-kids-love/). Just thought I’d let you know that you would be interested in featuring or mentioning it in your blog.

    Thanks for your time!
    Paul Taylor

  4. Allie says:

    Hi, saw your old blog post about Tilapia and wanted to make sure you have seen this article in the NY Times about the fish farms in China. No fish from China for me anymore, LOL. Make your own decision, of course. :)

  5. My personal trainer, Maribeth Hagen, must be a shared mutual aquaintance of ours. She introduced me to your website today and I’m wondering if we might do an article about you for our magaine. Please feel free to zap me an email if this would be of interest to you.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Hello Ali and Beth!

    I stumbled onto your blog by way of Ali’s recent Grist article. Super glad I did because I work with children whose parents encounter obstacles in feeding them, whether it’s food access, lack of cooking skills, or just starved for time. I just ordered your book and can’t wait for it to arrive!

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