McElman grew up on a farm, the youngest of ten children in a German-Russian household. By her teens, she was working (with her sister-in-law) in the logging camps of BC. She would go on to marry an airforce pilot, a job that would take them all around the country and world. Welcome to My Kitchen is grounded in her practical farm experience, but enriched by a lifetime spent cooking and studying food.
About the author
Joan McElman has been the host of Welcome to My Kitchen for almost 33 years. The show has become a staple of Maritime television viewing and is the number one rated show on Eastlink. McElman’s down-to-earth charm and her passion for cooking has made her an unlikely celebrity. The youngest of ten children, she started her cooking career in the logging camps of BC. She would go on to marry an airforce pilot, whose job took her all over the world, before settling in the Annapolis Valley.