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Lauren Grant

location-pin Des Moines, IA

School: Iowa State University

Expertise: Recipe development; beer, wine & cocktails; cooking techniques; baking; product testing; grocery shopping

Lauren Grant

  • 15 years working in the food and food publishing industries as a chef and writer
  • Founder and editor of Zestful Kitchen, a food website with cooking tips, tested recipes and how-tos for healthyish cooking
  • Worked in America's Test Kitchen and Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen
  • Writer and recipe developer for Taste of Home, Simply Organic, EatingWell, Midwest Living, Jim Beam and Parade
  • Winner of Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker award in 2021 and 2022


Lauren is a culinary food scientist and writer who has worked in food for more than 15 years. She has worked in numerous test kitchens including America’s Test Kitchen and Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen. In addition to running her popular recipe website, Zestful Kitchen, Lauren has also worked with leading food publications and brands. At Taste of Home, Lauren is the go-to resource for fantastic cocktail recipes. A few of the recipes she’s shared include a rhubarb gin cocktail, classic negroni and bourbon apple cider. Looking for more cocktail ideas? Lauren re-creates her favorites on her Instagram every Friday.


Iowa State University, bachelor's degrees in culinary food science, journalism and mass communications

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Articles & Recipes

Jack Frost Cocktail Recipe: How to Make It

Try a tropical twist on a Christmas cocktail with this Jack Frost cocktail. The rum, blue curaçao, coconut and pineapple will transport you to a beachy winter holiday.

How to Make a Rum Rum Rudolph Cocktail

'Tis the season for festive cocktails! With a ruby red hue and a crisp white foam top, this Rum Rum Rudolph is a winner.

We Made The Pioneer Woman Taco Soup Recipe and It’s Mind-Blowingly Simple

We couldn't believe how easy it was to make The Pioneer Woman's taco soup recipe—talk about a quick weeknight dinner!