Lisa Lillien

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Lisa Lillien
Alma materUniversity at Albany, SUNY
  • Cookbook author
  • blogger
  • TV personality
(m. 2002)

Lisa Lillien is an American entrepreneur. She is the creator of the Hungry Girl brand, including email-subscription, cookbooks, low-calorie recipes, and life hacks.[1]


Lillien's roots are in magazines[2] and, more generally, entertainment.[3] She grew up on Long Island and identifies as Jewish ("a nice Jewish girl from Long Island").[4] She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1983.[4] She does not have a degree in nutrition, but uses the neologism foodologist due to obsession with food.[5] She received a B.A. in communication from University at Albany, SUNY in 1987. Directly from college she became editor-in-chief at Tutti Frutti (teen-fan magazine, Jimmijack Publishing, 1987–1991).[6]



For five years, Lillien was online executive producer for TV Land and director of convergence development at Nickelodeon online. Next she was a producer for new media at Telepictures (Warner Bros.).[7] She quit her job and started the Hungry Girl brand in 2004, with a weekly email (originally Tips and Tricks ... for Hungry Chicks). She has averaged over one million subscribers.[8] The content consists mainly of recipes and life hacks,[9] written in a pink, exclamation-point, LOL style; or as Lillien once put it, "getting excited over silly things [...] When I launched Hungry Girl, I wanted it to be the same...writing style[:] conversational and excited, [like] writing about teen stars, and pop stars...".[10]

Regular advertisers across media have included Weight Watchers, Dreyers light ice cream, and General Mills, later including Green Giant, Quaker, The Laughing Cow cheeses, and Beyond Better Foods.[citation needed]


As a writer, Lillien has had a weekly column on the Weight Watchers website and has written for Redbook magazine. She has appeared on cooking shows like Rachael Ray.[8]

In 2011 and 2012, Triage Entertainment produced 36 episodes of a Hungry Girl program; they aired on Cooking Channel and Food Network. The recipes of the 2012 season remain online.[11]

The Meredith Corporation began a quarterly Hungry Girl magazine in 2018.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 2002, Lillien married writer/producer Dan Schneider. They have a dog named Lolly,[13] and live in Encino, California.[14]


  • Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry: Easy All-Natural Recipes for Healthy Eating in the Real World (April 5, 2016)
  • The Hungry Girl Diet Cookbook: Healthy Recipes for Mix-n-Match Meals & Snacks (December 29, 2015)
  • The Hungry Girl Diet: Big Portions. Big Results. Drop 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks (March 25, 2014)
  • Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 Just Desserts: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories (May 7, 2013)
  • Hungry Girl to the Max!: The Ultimate Guilt-Free Cookbook (October 16, 2012)
  • By Lisa Lillien – Hungry Girl 300 Under 300: 300 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Dishes Under 300 Calories (February 27, 2011)
  • Hungry Girl 300 Under 300: 300 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Dishes Under 300 Calories (March 29, 2011)
  • Hungry Girl Supermarket Survival: Aisle by Aisle, HG-Style! (October 11, 2011)
  • Hungry Girl 1-2-3: The Easiest, Most Delicious, Guilt-Free Recipes on the Planet (March 30, 2010)
  • Hungry Girl Happy Hour: 75 Recipes for Amazingly Fantastic Guilt-Free Cocktails and Party Foods (June 22, 2010)
  • Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories (April 14, 2009)
  • Hungry Girl: The Official Survival Guides (April 14, 2009)
  • Hungry Girl Chew the Right Thing: Supreme Makeovers for 50 Foods You Crave (December 8, 2009)
  • Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World (April 29, 2008)


  1. ^ Rogers, John. "Lisa Lillien of The 'Hungry Girl' Empire Reveals How She Stopped Yo-Yo Dieting For Good". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on November 19, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  2. ^ Olechowski, Carol. "Back to Her Roots". UAlbany Magazine. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  3. ^ Blomquist, Mala (December 21, 2018). "Noshing with "Hungry Girl" Lisa Lillien | Oregon Jewish Life". Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Moskin, Julia (July 13, 2010). "Hungry Girl Offers a Real Take on Diet Foods". The New York Times. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  5. ^ "Who Is Hungry Girl?". Hungry Girl. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  6. ^ "Tutti Frutti November 1991 Luke Perry Centerfold, Pinups: Lisa Lillien: Books". Amazon. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  7. ^ "'Hungry Girl' and Alumna Lisa Lillien '87 Headlines UAlbany Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 18 - 20 - University at Albany-SUNY". Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Danielle (July 11, 2019). "Lisa Lillien is No Nutritionist, Just Hungry for Good Nutrition". Diets in Review. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  9. ^ Schwartz, Daylle Deanna (May 8, 2008). "Interview with Hungry Girl's Lisa Lillien". beliefnet. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  10. ^ Engel, Meredith (August 12, 2011). "'Hungry Girl' Lisa Lillien brings her cooking show to the Food Network". Metro US. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  11. ^ "Hungry Girl Episodes". Food Network. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  12. ^ Welton, Caysey (January 18, 2018). "Magazine Review: Hungry Girl Leaves Me Starving for More Content and Better Design". Folio. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  13. ^ Hogan, Kate (September 18, 2017). "Meet the One Dog You Have to Follow on Facebook: Lolly!". Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  14. ^ Lynch, Rene (September 16, 2014). "Hungry Girl delivers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 14, 2020.

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