Chef Pat Crocker
By Aimee Hosler
As a photographer, writer, public speaker, and self-described "culinary herbalist," Pat Crocker is a woman of many talents, not the least of which is writing best-selling cookbooks that promote health and wellness.
Love What Comes Naturally
While Crocker has a passion for food, natural cuisine, especially herbs, holds a special place in her heart. She has been photographing, teaching, and writing about a variety of wholesome ingredients for more than a decade, and food, consumer, and horticultural organizations often invite her to present her knowledge at special events. As a professional home economist, Crocker writes for a number of magazines, newspapers, and corporate clients across the globe.
Cookbooks that Pack a Nutritional Punch
Given her love for food, writing, and health education, it's only natural that Chef Crocker has written a number of cookbooks designed to create a healthier you. Her best-selling The Juicing Bible won 'Best in the World' in the nutrition category at the World Cookbook Awards in Perigueux, France. Her other cookbooks include The Healing Herbs Cookbook, Tastes of Kasbah, The Smoothies Bible, The Vegetarian Cook's Bible, and, most recently, The Vegan Cook's Bible.
Introducing The Vegan Cook's Bible
The Vegan Cook's Bible (2009, Robert Rose Publications) is the latest cookbook penned by best-selling author and "culinary herbalist" Pat Crocker. Delivering more than 200 recipes that are high in nutrition and low in fat, Crocker shows that a plant-based diet can be varied and delicious. Still, you don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy these wholesome dishes.
A Recipe for Better Health
Featuring health profiles for more than 150 fruits, vegetables, and herbs, The Vegan Cook's Bible was designed to have a positive impact on your body, from cardiovascular health to immunity. Rich recipes use a diversity of natural foods sure to please even the most sophisticated palates. Among them:
- Sweet potato wild rice cakes accompanied by braised greens with cherries and pine nuts
- Gingered carrot and turnip puree
- Green bean, pecan, and pomegranate salad
- Pan-seared artichokes with pomegranate molasses
- Mushroom-stuffed fennel and red peppers
- And many more...
Check out the featured recipes to the right to indulge in some of Crocker's vegan goodness!