Hi There, I’m Rachel

And I’m Glad You’re Here

Rachel Nichols Of The Fond Life

I am a home cook, photographer for hire, food stylist and lover of every season.

Cooking has never just been about food. It’s a little more than that. It is a labor of my hands that feeds my soul, brings people together, and is always accompanied by belly aching laughs and meaningful conversation.

One of my earliest formative cooking experiences occurred in my parents’ kitchen when I tried a recipe that utilize fond to create a pan sauce. It was one of the most flavorful things I had ever tasted and made me realize how little I knew about cooking, and how excited I was to discover more.

After that experience that I am oh-so-fond-of (pun very much intended), I made it a personal goal to master recipes and methods that were unknown to me.

I hope that more than inspiring you to cook a meal, with your hands from scratch, that this blog inspires you to bring people together & live your own adventure.

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About The Fond Life

& what started it all

The Fond Life is for people who love spending a little extra time on a Saturday simmering pasta sauce, whipping cream and kneading dough.

It’s for people who believe food is the starting place for community and who believe gathering around a table is where relationships form.

Yes I develop recipes, take beautiful food photos, ands share tips and tricks in the kitchen. But at the end of the day, this blog is helping you deepen friendships while making pie, sipping coffee, or making a roux.

So if you’re looking to be inspired in the kitchen, you’re in the right place.



French for "base" or "foundation," fond refers to the browned savory bits and caramelized drippings of meat and veggies that stick to the bottom of a pan after sautéing on the stove or roasting in the oven. It is used to make many types of flavorful sauces that boost any dish from "meh to scrumptious.