College Basketball-Star Joins Indie-Rock Musician for Edgy, Playful Online Cooking Show About Minimal Living

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Minimalist Menu is a new online weekly cooking show hosted by a well-known basketball star and indie/rock musician. The show explores world cuisine while preparing healthy, balanced, gourmet meals with limited appliances, utensils, financial resources and time.

My style isn't manufactured, it's born naturally of my feelings and experiences.

Minimalist Menu is a free online weekly broadcast that celebrates a love for cooking, music, and simplistic living. The show is hosted by former collegiate basketball star Lauren Lubin and indie/rock musician Charisse.

In this show, Lauren and Charisse explore world cuisine while preparing healthy, balanced, gourmet meals with limited appliances, utensils, financial resources, and time.

"Minimalist Menu has distinct timing given the state of the economy," says Lauren Lubin, Certified Natural Chef. "In these tough times people are forced to make cuts and compromise their normal way of life, however, their health and diet do not have to be compromised."

This show is different from traditional broadcasts because it puts an emphasis on eating healing foods while on a budget, features original music by Charisse, and takes place in varying locations and settings depending on where the hosts are either hitting the court or the stage.

Johanna Healy, a Certified Natural Chef, owner of Backcountry Kitchen and recent guest on the show (as featured in the show's latest episode) remarked, "I have had the pleasure of watching Lauren's culinary talents unfold both in the classroom and on her show. She is destined to continue to be an inspiration to people looking to improve their eating habits with fresh new ideas using seasonal ingredients and minimal kitchen tools

About Minimalist Menu

Minimalist Menu is an online cooking show featuring Lauren Lubin, a certified Natural Chef who graduated from http:/ [Bauman College Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts School] in Boulder, CO. Prior to entering the culinary world, Lauren played on the women's basketball team at The University of Colorado, where she currently hold 2nd place in a school record. The show is broadcast online for free every week and can be found at:

About Charisse

All original music featured on the show is provided by Charisse. At age 19, she met producers Jack Daley and Wolf. Charisse's vocals, with their Annie Lennox-meets-Fiona Apple timbre, float like a cloud over layers of instruments. The title track of her up-coming album, Pleasure Victim, drives along like The Rolling Stones collaborating with Garbage. Other influences that can be heard throughout her work include Rachel Yamagata, David Bowie, Razorlight and The Cars.

"My style isn't manufactured, it's born naturally of my feelings and experiences." she says. "I don't write with a specific message in mind I just make sure to be truthful. Truth is important, rare and desirable." Charisse is currently playing out and working on material for her next album.

About Backcountry Kitchen

Johanna Mickle, featured on the show's most recent episode, is founder Backcountry Kitchen. Her website,, was inspired by a love for the outdoors, a love for food and a desire to combine both into a vertical portal for outdoor enthusiasts looking for menu planning information and assistance. As a certified Natural Chef and hiking guide, Johanna wishes to share her experience and love for cooking in the outdoors with other outdoor enthusiasts who appreciate the benefits of good food in the backcountry.


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