Alicia Silverstone is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Kind Diet, as well as the recently published The Kind Mama, and founder of TheKindLife.com. Best known for her generation-defining turn in Clueless, she continues to work steadily in film, television, and theater. A dynamic and well-connected fixture in the acting, political, and scientific communities, she is a dedicated activist on behalf of humans, our planet and animals. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their son, Bear Blu.
Alona Pulde, MD, is a family practitioner and Matthew Lederman, MD, is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician. Both specialize in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. They appeared in Forks Over Knives and are authors of The Forks Over Knives Plan and Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole. Drs. Pulde and Lederman joined Whole Foods Market in 2010 where they serve as health and wellness medical experts.
Ann and Jane Esselstyn are a mother-daughter team with decades of experience developing delicious, healthful dishes both for their family and for Dr. Esselstyn’s many grateful patients. Ann Crile Esselstyn developed the recipes for the New York Times best seller Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease and is co-author of The Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook. A mother of four, Ann is currently focused on counseling heart patients to prepare and enjoy plant-based, oil-free foods. Jane Esselstyn, RN is a wellness instructor and a plant-strong presenter and cook, as well as a married mother of three, who has been eating this way for more than 25 years. Jane developed recipes for My Beef with Meat and is co-author with Ann of The Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook.
Aurora Leon, MD and Joaquin Carral, MD have helped thousands of Latinos around the world switch to a healthful vegan diet through the Vegetariano en 21 Dias program. Dr. Leon is a resident at St. Luke´s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, and Dr. Carral is currently undergoing a fellowship in preventive cardiology at the NYU Langone Medical Center. The pair adopted this lifestyle in 2010 and believe all physicians should be required to master the topic.
Carolyn Scott-Hamilton is the creator, executive producer, and host of The Healthy Voyager website. A holistic nutritionist, plant-based vegan chef, cookbook author, and T.V. spokesperson, Carolyn helps people live well, one veggie at a time! Visit HealthyVoyager.com for updates from Carolyn.
Chef AJ is a culinary instructor in Los Angeles who has followed a plant-based diet for more than thirty years. She is author of Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight. Chef AJ’s passion is teaching people how to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet in ways that are easy, delicious, and fun. Visit EatUnprocessed.com for updates from Chef AJ.
Christine Waltermyer is the co-owner of The Natural Kitchen Cooking School, an all-vegan cooking school, and author of The Natural Vegan Kitchen. Christine has developed recipes for Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book Super Immunity as well as for Dr. Neal Barnard’s book Power Foods for the Brain.
Christy Morgan, known as The Blissful & Fit Chef, is a vegan chef, educator, athlete, and personal trainer. She is the author of Blissful Bites: Plant-based Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet and the Editor-in-Chief and creator of Definition Magazine. Contact her for details on how to reach all your health and fitness goals!
Darshana Thacker is a well-known vegan chef in the yoga community of Los Angeles. Her recipes have been published in L.A. Yoga Magazine, the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and the New York Times Bestseller, Forks Over Knives–The Cookbook. Darshana, who learned the art of cooking from her mother in India, specializes in international cuisine that is flavorful and healthy. For updates on Darshana, visit her website Darshana’s Kitchen.
Dean Ornish, MD is president and founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, as well as clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of six books, all national bestsellers, including: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum. Visit OrnishSpectrum.com for more from Dr. Ornish.
Chef Del Sroufe is co-owner and executive chef of Wellness Forum Foods, a whole-food, plant-based meal delivery and catering service in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook and Better Than Vegan. Del teaches cooking classes and helps people transition to a healthy plant-based diet.
Doug Lisle, PhD, is the staff psychologist and director of research for TrueNorth Health Center and psychologist and speaker for the McDougall Wellness Program. Dr. Lisle has published numerous articles in the scientific literature and is co-author of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness.
Dreena Burton has written four cookbooks charting her journey as a plant-powered cook and at-home mother of three. Always passionate about creating nutritious recipes, she is an advocate of using the “vegan basics” (beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) to create dishes that are healthy but also very satisfying and delicious! For more on her plant-powered recipes and newest cookbook, Let Them Eat Vegan, visit PlantPoweredKitchen.com.