Why I want to be mentor in this category: I have a lot of experience to share. The other categories that I am interested in are pressure cooking but more importantly VEGETABLES but I didn't see the latter one listed.
What inspires me in this category: It's what I do on a regular basis and if people learn how to eat more vegan meals they will help their health and the health of our planet.
Experience: I have been teaching vegan cooking for about 20 years to junior college students and the public.
Biggest Lesson Learned: Make food taste great and don't talk about the fact that it's vegan, and people will like it.
Books, classes, teachers that have helped me: My own cookbook, The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment, Lorna Sass and Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure, Becoming Vegetarian and Becoming Vegan.
Mother Nature is the best teacher.
Education, Awards, Pro Experience: I am a Registered Dietitian and cooking teacher at Santa Rosa Junior College. I have a Master's Degree in Nutrition. My vegan recipe just won a radio recipe contest against 3 meat dishes.
Use herbs and seasonings often to spice up flavors.
Think beyond fake meat and use the abundance of whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds that exist to make great food.