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in 2013 my husband went through a harrowing medical crisis which set my family on a new dietary course. I discovered 50 years of nutritional research and clinical evidence supporting a diet based on whole plant foods to treat debilitating chronic degenerative diseases. Like many others who have undertaken similar dietary changes, the results for my family have been spectacular and we have never looked back.
In the ensuing years I also studied our food systems and learned how they contribute to the climate crisis, and how making smart choices to support sustainably grown foods with very low climate footprints can help in fight climate change.
Most of us are blithely unaware or indifferent to diet and health until serious illness strikes. All to many of us are also unaware of how our lifestyle habits fuel the climate crisis. I
My mission is:
to educate you about the powerful health and environmental impacts from eating a low-carbon, nutrient-rich, minimally processed plant foods
to help you stretch your culinary horizons in delicious, climate-supportive ways, and have fun learning new tricks in the kitchen.
There are so many scrumptious avenues to explore!
LOVE THE FOODS THAT LOVE THE PLANET, Recipes to Cool the Climate and Excite the Senses (Health Communications, Inc., coming November 2024).
LOVE the FOODS that LOVE YOU BACK, Clean, Healthy, Vegan Recipes for Everyone (Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2022).
Certifications & Degrees
Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, Cornell University
Plant-Based Professional Culinary Certification, Rouxbe Cooking School
M.A., Johns Hopkins University
Graduate study, Harvard University
B.A., University of Chicago
A seasoned sustainable chef, nutritional coach, and now cookbook author, Cathy develops recipes for delicious, low-carbon, super healthy dishes from around the world. She teaches about the profound environmental and health benefits from eating plants.
"...I just returned from the nephrologist (who was), in his words, shocked to see the level of improvement, especially in someone who was close to red-lining. He's never seen that before, but he may not have had any patients that changed eating patterns as carefully as I have....You are the person most directly responsible for making this happen, so I am in your debt and cannot thank you enough."
M.S., Westport CT
"I wanted to say thank you for the lesson. I really enjoyed the evening. Your knowledge of nutrition and cooking vegan food was so impressive and sharing this in such an accepting and encouraging way made it such a wonderful experience!.... I’m looking forward to more inspiring lessons!" Tina T.
"I've really enjoyed the cooking demos. What has been most valuable for me (even beyond the recipes) has been the techniques and all the information that you share with us during the classes." Christie N.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my first two classes. A wonderful warm home setting with wonderful people. Extremely informative, healthy, meals & new to me, plant based anti-inflammatory way of cooking & much, much more. Thank you, Cathy." Sheila H.
"Thank you for an extraordinarily delicious and informative evening. We will be looking at food differently at my house!" Amy O.