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Mollie Katzen, with over six million books in print, is an inductee of the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame. Named by Health Magazine as “one of the five women who changed the way we eat,” she is best known as the author-illustrator of the vegetarian classics, Moosewood Cookbook, and The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. Ms. Katzen’s other books include the best-selling children’s trilogy (“the gold standard of children’s cookbooks”- New York Times) Pretend Soup, Honest Pretzels, and Salad People. Ms. Katzen has co-authored Eat, Drink, & Weigh LesswithWalter Willett, MD of the Harvard School of Public Health, and has joined him annually as faculty for the groundbreaking Harvard-Culinary Institute of America-sponsored Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives conference since its inception. 

Mollie Katzen’s newest book is The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2013), touted by The New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, Amazon, and Apple as one of the best books of the year. For more information about Ms. Katzen and her books, please visit http://www.molliekatzen.com

Mollie Katzen is available for keynote and other presentations that center around cooking, cultural and other influences on her work, broader-picture creativity and health as manifest through cooking. Mollie’s presentations often include her own food photography, current commentary, instruction, recipes, and if logistics allow, samples of her recipes are passed to the audience to taste.


Testimonials from recent presentations:

Mollie Katzen introduced a generation of Americans to way of eating that did not depend on consuming mountains of meat, but rather emphasized delicious plant-based foods. Today she continues to translate the current knowledge on diet and health into an inspiring series of lectures, illustrating (literally, with her beautiful photographic images) the nutrition recommendations with samples of creative, pleasurable meals. Ms. Katzen and I have shared the podium at many conferences over the years, and not only do I appreciate the way she communicates her vibrant food message to the attendees, but I always learn from and enjoy her presentations myself. –

Walter Willett, MD, DrPH
Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health

Mollie Katzen, in addition to being an internationally acclaimed chef and cookbook author, is one of the most compelling, engaging and mesmerizing public speakers in the world of food, cooking and health today. She has been a speaker at all seven of the Harvard University continuing education conferences I have directed (entitled “Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives-Caring for Our Patients and Ourselves”; see www.healthykitchens.org) and has received rave reviews each and every time she has appeared. Her visual descriptions of what she refers to conceptually as “the perfect plate” have changed the way I, and now thousands of health care professionals, think about food – showing the ideal combination of healthy, yet delicious and accessible foods that we, our families and patients should be eating. What’s more, Mollie’s verbal and visual presentations predictably make her audiences laugh, salivate, cry out for more and secretly wish she could become their best friend for life. I know I do! –

David Eisenberg, MD
Bernard Osher Distinguished Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

For many years, Mollie has been a regular contributor to The Culinary Institute of America’s leadership conferences devoted to advancing healthier food choices —staged in collaboration with Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. Beyond all the science and the public health imperatives, important as these are, it is the allure of delicious, vibrant, craveable, healthy food that is ultimately the most convincing and inspirational. Mollie has developed a body of work—-slides of the most amazing looking foods, full of life and energy and color—that she presents with great insight, and in a very personal, inviting manner. Mollie’s presentations are truly transformative for our attendees, giving them the opportunity to re-imagine what fabulous healthy food might look like. If you aren’t sure that you like vegetables, you haven’t been to one of Mollie’s presentations. We are very appreciative of the magic that she has brought to our audiences and our educational programs. –

Greg Drescher
Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives
The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

At our Kaiser food conference, Mollie Katzen inspired an audience of 300 health and community professionals to go home, dice a bunch of onions, and get started making dinner. She teaches in a way that gets everyone enthusiastically involved and makes it impossible to simply remain an observer. And she makes home cooking look like such fun, the restaurant industry should be put on notice. –

Preston Maring, MD
Medical Director of Outside Services
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Oakland

For further information about Mollie Katzen’s availability, speaking fees and to book a keynote or other speaking engagement, contact:
Beth Shepard at
(413) 863-2268

Mollie Katzen’s photo courtesy of Lisa Keating

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