Press Raves

  • In a category of its own...

    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

    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

    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

    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!

    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

    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 Everbody!” 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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About Me

Elise McDonough is a freelance writer and event producer focusing on intimate, high-end cannabis-related experiences, including brand and product launches, consumer testing, focus groups and infused dining. She also consults cannabis companies on everything from product design to art direction and marketing through her Convivial Consulting LLC.

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.  From 2002—2017, she served as a High Times staffer, most recently as the Edibles Editor, reporting on the evolving industry, reviewing cannabis-infused products, testing recipes and producing digital and video content. She is the author of The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook (Chronicle Books), Marijuana for Everybody! (Chronicle Books), and Sustainable Food (Chelsea Green).

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

Contact Elise McDonough at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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 and Instagram at @EliseMcD420.

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