I wear many hats but they’re all related to great food that includes vegetables and other plant-based cuisine. I’m a vegetable and plant-food cooking expert, in vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free eating. My specialty is vegan pressure cooking.
Don’t worry about me turning you into a vegetarian; you have to do that on your own time. I just want to help you get more vegetables and plant foods into your diet, no matter what other foods you choose to eat.
Culinary Educator – I’ve been teaching cooking at Santa Rosa Junior College for more than 25 years and at conferences across the country including Vegetarian Summerfest and the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival.
My type of cooking is uniquely my own but has commonalities with doctors such as John McDougal, M.D., Joel Fuhrman, M.D., T. Colin Campbell and programs such as the Engine 2 Diet and Forks Over Knives. However, my goal is for everyone to think about eating a diet that is based on plants.
Pressure Cooking expert – featured in Pressure Cooking: A Fresh Look, Delicious Dishes in Minutes 75 minute DVD, featuring 14 plant-based recipes from breakfast through dessert. I wrote my first pressure cooking article for Cooking Light magazine in 1998.
Author of the award-winning The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment cookbook with more 100 seasonal vegetable-based recipes. And author of the latest award winning cooking: The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes which has 150 recipes, of which 138 of them are naturally gluten-free and always delicious.
Alternative Registered Dietitian – with out-of-the-box thinking, I break your image of a dietitian as the woman in the white coat wearing sensible shoes and serving bad hospital food. I have been behind the lunch line but I was serving vegan options at the cafeteria.
Consultant – working on diverse projects such as revamping the cafeteria menu at Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa to include vegan offerings and local, organic produce, writing 2-week eating plans for Amy’s Kitchen that include gluten-free and vegan options and working with a school to make their menu more healthful. I also do recipe development for food companies and magazines such as Cooking Light using wholesome, healthy and organic ingredients.
Writer – guest writer for Vegan Culinary Experience magazine, former contributing editor for Natural Food Network magazine, contributor to food and cooking websites including Savvy Vegetarian and newsletters including Mended Hearts in Santa Rosa, CA and Triple Whammy Cure. I can write press releases for your food-related business or food, nutrition or travel articles for your newsletter, magazine or website.
Speaker – for professional health and nutrition organizations, for women’s groups, for your business or organization. I speak to groups throughout the United States entertaining and educating while providing “real life” health, nutrition and cooking solutions for busy people.
Volunteer – In addition to my paid work, I act as coordinator for the California section of the Vegetarian Nutrition Practice Group of The American Dietetic Association, a newsletter correspondent for the Cooking Schools and Teachers section of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and I’m a member of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy.
As if I didn’t have enough to do, I truly enjoy new projects and exploring creative ways to bring vegetables and plant-based information to people. In addition to everything listed above I can design a private cooking class for you or your group. I am also available to be a spokesperson and represent your products or organization at events. If you are interested in finding out more about what I can do for you please contact me.
Organizations I belong to:
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:Vegetarian Practice Group, Food and Culinary Professionals, Nutrition Entrepreneurs
- SOMA – Sonoma County Mycological Association
- North American Vegetarian Society
- IACP – International Association of Culinary Professional