Amanda Chantal Bacon, the Los Angeles-based founder of raw food tonic and tincture company Moon Juice, has drawn us all in with her delicious, plant-based potions and given us some serious food for thought when it comes to the obscure, wild and wonderful ingredients they contain. And we mean that literally — she even offers a Moon Dust herbal powder supplement called “Brain Dust” that’s filled with compounds like astralagus and shilajit and designed to help you stay healthy and alert.
We’ve made no secret of the fact we’re major fans of Amanda — Athena has toured her eclectic-chic California beach bungalow, stepped into her kitchen to prepare her rich, avocado-based cacao pudding, and included her Moon Juice Beauty Dust supplement sachets in our holiday stocking stuffer gift guide. So when Amanda released her debut Moon Juice cookbook a couple months back, filled with mystical, swoon-worthy imagery and plant-based concoctions like sesame ginger matcha, sumac tomato jam and pine nuts, and even hot sex milk(!), it spoke straight to our hippie-foodie-loving hearts — and we knew it needed to make an appearance on EyeSwoon.
Here Amanda shares the recipe for her beauty latte — a taste, so to speak, of her recently-released cookbook — and schools us on all the goodness it contains. We say, you can never have too much beauty in your bodies or your lives. Read on and drink up!
NAME: Amanda Chantal Bacon
PROFESSION: Moon Juice Founder/CEO
PHILOSOPHY ON FOOD? Feed your bliss.
COOKING MAKES ME FEEL… Loving and loved.
BRIEFLY, HOW YOU CAME TO DO WHAT YOU DO: I wanted to live the biggest version of physical and emotional joy. I figured out how to bio-hack my way there in a delicious way.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW COOKBOOK! It’s my blood, sweat and tears, for real. It’s been a 2-year process. It’s my story, philosophy, and over 75 recipes that I shot at home with love.
MOST POPULAR MOON JUICE OFFERINGS? Beauty Dust, baby.
BIGGEST LEARNING FROM WORKING WITH CHEF SUZANNE GOIN AT LUCQUES? Time management and zero compromise when it comes to ingredients.
UNEXPECTED FLAVOR PROFILE(S) YOU’RE CURRENTLY INTO? Schisandra berry with dark chocolate.
BEST CITIES FOR FOOD, WORLDWIDE? Beirut, Buenos Aires, San Francisco.
FAVORITE PART OF THE COOKBOOK-CREATION PROCESS? The food- and prop-styling freak-out.
ESSENTIAL KITCHEN TOOL? Vitamix.
THREE INGREDIENTS YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT? Lemon, olive oil and pink salt.
BIGGEST SINGLE INFLUENCE ON YOUR COOKING STYLE? My own health struggles.
I CAN NEVER RESIST… Raw chocolate.
THE RECIPE OR MEAL YOU ARE KNOWN FOR? Gosh, it used to be big fancy 8-course meals, now its superfood pancakes and adaptogenic tonics.
MOST SWOON-WORTHY RESTAURANT? RIP, Axe.
THEY SAY YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT — WHAT ARE YOU? A big gulp of Power Dust latte with lait de coco foam.
TRIED-AND-TRUE ENTERTAINING TIP? Beeswax candles and wild flowers.
WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR MOON JUICE? More, more, more: Moon Dust products, moon milks, cosmic treats, stores and books.