Press Raves

  • In a category of its own...

    "The High Times cookbook is in a category of its own—intelligent, savvy, and knowledgeable about food, with excellent general information about cannabis and cooking with it."—Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue Read More
  • Humorous yet educational

    "Written by a ten-year veteran of the iconic magazine, Elise McDonough, the cookbook is humorous yet educational and compassionate yet still strongly counter-culture" —Houston Press Read More
  • Modern cookbook

    "But overall, this is the first pot cookbook we've seen that reads like a modern cookbook, meaning one that relies on fresh ingredients and seems to care more, actually, about flavor than getting you high."—L.A. Weekly Read More
  • Very comprehensive

    "Recipe-wise, it's a very comprehensive book, and probably one of the best to come out in a long time."—Denver Westword Read More
  • Go beyond brownies!

    "With this book, High Times managed to elevate cannabis cuisine above pot brownies and space cakes..."—Seattle Weekly Read More
  • Culinary journey

    "In typical High Times fashion, the book is a culinary journey and a trip through American counter-cultural history, with tales and recipes from folks who pushed marijuana culture and cooking forward."—Village Voice Read More


MarijuanaForEverybodyNew book Marijuana for Everybody! is on bookshelves now!

Marijuana for Everybody! is the most authoritiative, accessible, and (yes!) entertaining guide yet from High Times magazine, the world's most trusted name when it comes to getting stoned. Combining forty years of in-depth knowledge and experience with new research, insights, and advice, this informative illustrated handbook is specifically designed to guide new initiates and seasoned heads alike through the myriad ways marijuana brings joy and much more to millions.

Press Raves:

"Media of all stripes are rushing to cash in on mainstream pot curiosity, but few publications could hope to produce something as smart and easy to digest as “Marijuana for Everybody!” Despite an understandably fawning tone toward the plant, McDonough’s research is balanced and her writing practical, an admirable mix of head and heart in a sprawling field that can seem intimidating to newcomers."—the Cannabist

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EliseMcD420 Testing out a new recipe for Honey Cardamom mini Bundt cakes from Corey at Honey Pot Bear. Look…
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About Me

Elise McDonough is a longtime High Times staffer and author of The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook (Chronicle Books, 2012) and Marijuana for Everybody! (Chronicle Books 2014). A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Elise has frontline experience in graphic design, art direction, editorial design, and special event production. Most recently, she's served as Art Director for Medical Marijuana magazine, a quarterly print publication, plus books, calendars and DVD packaging.

Passionate about gardening and cooking, she authored Sustainable Food: How to Buy Right and Spend Less (Chelsea Green, 2009), and continues to be a committed activist for local food, drug law reform and environmental responsibility.

She is married with two dogs and lives in Santa Cruz, California. Along with husband David Bienenstock, she was profiled for a cover story in the local alternative weekly Good Times called The Cannabis Couple.


Published in Santa Cruz Good Times (May 2012)

"As a self-described “cannabis couple,” Bienenstock and his fiancée Elise McDonough are unapologetic fans of the counterculture’s favorite celestial seasoning. But they hardly fit the stereotype of stoner-as-slacker: Along with being the West Coast editor of the nationally distributed pro-pot monthly High Times, Bienenstock is a digital film director and an eloquent speaker who has appeared on CNN, NPR and—of all things—Fox News.

McDonough is the production director of said High Times as well as an author 1coverweband graphic designer who graduated from New York’s School of Visual Arts within the top 10 percent of her class. The partners maintain a home office in Santa Cruz, where they write books, help put together High Times and crank out HIGH TIMES Medical Marijuana, a quarterly spin-off publication geared toward medical cannabis patients, providers and growers."—Good Times Santa Cruz profile, "The Cannabis Couple"

Connect with Elise on Facebook by "liking" her page at High Times Cookbook, and follow her on Twitter at @EliseMcD420.

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