F.A.M. - Food As Medicine
Má - Mom in Vietnamese
Lan Thai, aka Lando’s story begins in a refugee camp in Thailand, where she was born to parents fleeing the communist takeover of Vietnam. Growing and cooking food was not a luxury in her early life, but a precious necessity; she literally doesn’t remember learning to use a knife–it was as much a part of her developmental experience as learning to walk or speak. It’s difficult to overstate the fundamental role that food, its production, and its prepartion played in her life, just as it's difficult to overstate the visceral connection that she developed with cooking as a result.
The potential of food and culinary tradition to sustain, connect, and lift up families and communities is a chief contributing factor in her view of cooking and eating. This deeply-layered perspective shines through in the cuisine she creates, which manages to be both grounded and elevated, an achievement born of a life lived through food.
Lando has cooked for new mothers and people with chronic illnesses including diabetes, cancer, and thyroid complications for over a decade. After personally witnessing the drastic improvements in 2-6 months, especially those who have been suffering for over 15 years, has inspired Lando to make it a lifelong mission to educate the power of nutrition and how food is grown and how it can not only heal our health, but our planet's health as well.
ON COOKING FOR POSTPARTUM MOTHERS:
Lando is a chef with over 12 years of experience cooking for new mothers. Growing up in Vietnamese-Chinese culture, she learned about the importance of the confinement period during postpartum and helped her mother prepare postpartum meals for her older sisters. She was shocked to learn that most Americans don't practice postpartum recovery and decided to make it her mission to help new mothers optimize their recovery and the health of their babies through specially crafted meals.
In the summer of 2023, chef Lando aims to establish a regenerative farm called Neu Mune Farm on her 19-acre property in San Diego County. With this farm, she plans to grow most of the ingredients for FAMMá FARM meals, furthering the connection between our soil and human health.
One of Chef's lifelong goal is to get FAMMá FARM meals in hospitals and paid for by insurance. If you can help, please contact Lando!
Chef Lando, owner of FAMMá as guest speaker alongside Bobby Berk of Queer Eye and author Amy Spencer at Real Simple Magazine's Retreat weekend: "Finding Magic in the Mundane"
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