Archive for November 2010

Healthy Food Choices For Families with Cathe Olson

Cathe Olson is the author of several natural foods cookbooks. She has had articles published in national magazines such as Mothering, Natural Awakenings, Vegetarian Voice, and VegFamily Magazines. Cathe is also the Library Media Technician in charge of an elementary school library. She directed the Central Coast Writers’ Conference for four years and has served on the boards of the Central Coast Book and Author Festival, Friends of the Nipomo Library, and SLO Nightwriters. She is currently at work on a fictional chapter book series for children. 

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Noam Mohr is a physicist at Queens College with degrees from Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked on global warming campaigns for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and EarthSave International, publishing a number of reports on climate change including A New Global Warming Strategy, Flirting with Disaster, Pumping Up the Price, and Storm Warning.

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The Queen of Vegan Desserts with Fran Costigan

Fran Costigan is a nationally recognized culinary instructor, author, consultant, recipe developer and innovative pastry chef who marries healthy eating with sumptuous tastes. Fran’s new book, More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts Naturally , offers a complete course in exceptional desserts that are vegan by design, not by taste! Fran’s recipes use organic minimally processed ingredients to make rich, moist cakes, flaky piecrusts, delightful cookies, puddings and more. All are trans fat and cholesterol free and absolutely delicious. A graduate of the New York Restaurant School and the Natural Gourmet Institute, Fran was a pastry chef in both traditional and vegan kitchens. Today Fran teaches her distinctive courses (including her Vegan Baking Boot Camp) in NYC at the Institute of Culinary Education and at the Natural Gourmet Institute, and she presents demonstration classes and lectures at venues throughout the US and Canada. Fran was recently featured making her celebrated "Chocolate Cake to Live For” on the Discovery Health Channel’s show, “Get Fresh With Sara Snow.” Professional affiliations include the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance (NYWCA) , International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR) , and she is proud to work with the New York Coalition for Healthy School Foods.

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Kathy Stevens, Founder and Director of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, spent her childhood on a Virginia horse farm. It was in many ways an idyllic youth, one that instilled in her a deep love of and respect for all animals. Kathy left the south for graduate school in Boston, MA, where she spent eleven years as a high school English teacher. In 2000, she was asked to head a charter school in Boston. Instead, one year later, she opened Catskill Animal Sanctuary, one of the country's leading havens for farm animals and a center for raising public awareness of their sentience and their suffering. Kathy lives behind the barn with her dog Hannah, CAS's Director of Canine Pursuits, and her cats Fat Boy and Mouse. She's an avid reader, loves to hike, swim, and bike, and spends rare quiet time with her partner David and her close friends. 

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