CoolAgers We Love: Lora Zarubin

Lora was a foodie before the word foodie existed. She’s a chef, a stylist, editor, food writer and creator of all things beautiful and tasty. She can make an egg in the fireplace like no one’s business. But she’s also lived to her own song, from Healdsburg to Sun Valley to NYC. We love her version of cool.

No way:

I refuse to be defined by age, I refuse to apologize for my age, I refuse to be ashamed of my age, and I just live every day to the fullest and live in the moment.

Every day rituals:

When I wake up I meditate for 30 minutes or more. It connects me to my self, establishes a centeredness and stillness that is so important to me. I also journal each morning. I always begin with a motivational, positive quote, entry, something uplifting. And at the beginning of each year I start a gratitude jar. Every day, I jot down something I’m grateful for and put it in the jar. As the jar fills up and I look at it over the year I’m reminded how much I have to be grateful for and happy about.

Three greatest accomplishments:

Chef, caterer, author, food stylist, food critic, food consultant, I’ve become an expert in a way, all before the food world became what it is now. I moved to NYC to follow my dream—without knowing anyone—and eventually opened a restaurant in NYC, Lora, that received two stars from The New York Times. And I published a cookbook, “I’m almost always hungry”, which won the IACP’s First Book: The Julia Child Award.  

What about age?

What’s most important to me about age is to honor and respect aging. True beauty comes from the inside out. We live in a world that focuses so much on just the opposite. We’re not meant to look 25 throughout our lifetime. How many women are unrecognizable because they can’t stop doing work to try to look young? I believe in pampering yourself, taking care of your body and doing whatever you need to feel good about yourself, including Botox, in moderation. Embrace aging and don’t obsess about it.

How to embrace age:

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become wiser. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned since I turned 60 is to start good habits, not bad ones. Bad habits are a waste of time. Everything I do is intertwined with that mantra.

Next chapter:

I’m writing an intention out to start another project/business. Maybe a small bakery to make my sourdough bread, I feel like I want to take everything I’ve learned so far and synthesize into one thing, something simple and delicious that tells my story and that I can share that with others. I want to inspire others to follow their dreams.


I finally feel like age doesn’t matter.

Paying it forward:

I share and spread love, I’m positive, kind, aware and live by the philosophy that it’s more important to be nice than to be right.

CoolAger inspirations:

Jane Godall and my friend Susie Tompkins Buell

Follow Lora here:

Twitter @lorazarubin
Facebook @lorazarubin