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Anna Lappé

Editor and Recipe Section Coordination

Anna Lappé is Frances’s daughter and has been working with her mom since she started copy editing her manuscripts when she was in middle school. When Anna was the same age Frances was when she wrote Diet for a Small Planet, Anna co-authored with her mother, Hope’s Edge, which chronicled courageous social movements and civil society organizations addressing the root causes of hunger from the foothills of the Himalayas to central Brazil. Since then, Anna has been dedicated to advocating for sustainability and justice along the food chain—as an author, activist, and advisor to funders working for food system transformation. In addition to Hope’s Edge, Anna has contributed to thirteen books and co-authored or authored two others, most recently Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It. A James Beard Foundation Leadership Awardee, Anna is the founder or co-founder of three national organizations, including Real Food Media. For twenty years she has managed the Small Planet Fund and, since 2016, developed and leads the Food Sovereignty Fund of the Panta Rhea Foundation.


Learn More: Real Food Media 

Follow Anna on Twitter: @annalappe

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Wendy Lopez

Recipe Developer

Wendy Lopez is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, recipe developer, and co-founder of Food Heaven, an online platform that provides resources on cooking, intuitive eating, and body respect. She is the co-author of the 28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot cookbook and is the co-host of the Food Heaven Podcast. She also has a food and nutrition column in SELF magazine, where she explores the intersection of food, class, race, and culture.


Learn more: Food Heaven Made Easy

Follow Wendy on Twitter: @FoodHeavenShow

Follow Wendy on Instagram: @foodheaven

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Paige Green

Cover Photography

Paige Green was raised in South Carolina, Ireland, Korea and Hong Kong by Midwestern parents, and spent her childhood drawing and dreaming about becoming the next Jane Goodall until falling in love with photography in college. She has been photographing and living in California ever since. A lover of natural light, medium format film, and capturing candid moments, Paige enjoys photographing her family and documenting communities.


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Aimée Mazara


Aimée Mazara is an illustrator from Dominican Republic, focusing on independent graphic journalism. Her work is inspired by childhood nostalgia, traditional culture, and biodiversity—showcasing stories of the communities and the experiences she surrounds herself, using a range of mediums and styles to represent its vibrancy.

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Contributing Chefs

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Chef José Andrés

Chef José Andrés is one of the world’s most renowned chefs and restaurateurs—often credited with introducing tapas to American eaters—and currently his ThinkFoodGroup comprises 28 acclaimed restaurants around the world. In 2010, José began his efforts to use food as a powerful agent of positive change and founded World Central Kitchen, which has since earned him the title of “Humanitarian of the Year” from the James Beard Foundation and he has twice been named to Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list.

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Follow José on Twitter@chefjoseandres

Follow José on Instagram: @chefjoseandres

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Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman is the author of more than twenty acclaimed books, including the How to Cook Everything series. He wrote for the New York Times for more than two decades, and became the country’s first food-focused Op-Ed columnist for a major news publication. His most recent book is Animal Vegetable Junk.

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Follow Mark on Twitter: @bittman

Follow Mark on Instagram@markbittman


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Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel

Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel are Ethnic Studies professors and authors of Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing. They live in Oakland, California where they tend a backyard food garden.

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Follow Luz on Twitter@LuzCalvo

Follow Luz on Instagram: @jardinerx


Brooks Headley

Brooks Headley is the owner/operator of Superiority Burger in Manhattan's East Village. It's a vegetarian restaurant that skews vegan at times. Brooks is also the author of two cookbooks, Fancy Desserts and Superiority Burger Cookbook.

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Follow Superiority Burger on Twitter: @superiorityburg

Follow Superiority Burger on Instagram: @superiorityburger

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Mollie Katzen

Mollie Katzen is best known as the author of the vegetarian classics, Moosewood Cookbook and Enchanted Broccoli Forest. She was influenced and inspired by Frances Moore Lappé's original publication of Diet for a Small Planet (which preceded the first publication of Moosewood by several years) and is delighted to be part of this 50-year edition.

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Alicia Kennedy

Alicia Kennedy is a food culture, politics, and media writer based in Puerto Rico who is currently writing a book on ethical eating. She produces a weekly newsletter on food culture, justice, and media called "From the Desk of Alicia Kennedy" which has been mentioned by the New York Times, GQ, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Her writing has been featured in Time, The Guardian, Eater, and others. 

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Follow Alicia on Twitter@aliciakennedy

Follow Alicia on Instagram: @aliciadkennedy

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Yasmin Khan

Yasmin Khan is an author and broadcaster who is passionate about sharing people's stories through food. Her critically acclaimed cookery books, The Saffron Tales and Zaitoun, chronicle her culinary adventures through Iran and Palestine, sharing recipes and stories that celebrate beauty and the power of the human spirit in regions more commonly associated with conflict. Her third book, Ripe Figs, explores the food of the Eastern Mediterranean. Before working in food, Yasmin was a human rights campaigner for a decade with a special focus on the Middle East.

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Follow Yasmin on Twitter@yasmin_khan

Follow Yasmin on Instagram: @yasminkhanstories

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Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi is an internationally renowned food expert, model, actress, and best-selling author.  She serves as host and executive producer of Bravo’s Emmy-winning series Top Chef and Hulu’s Taste the Nation. Her memoir, Love, Loss and What We Ate, was published in 2016 and her cookbooks include, Easy Exotic and Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet. Lakshmi is also an avid activist for immigrants’ rights and women’s reproductive rights, serving as an artist ambassador for the ACLU and as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Program.

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Follow Padma on Twitter@PadmaLakshmi

Follow Padma on Instagram: @padmalakshmi

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Anthony Myint

Anthony Myint is a chef and climate activist who is the co-founder of Mission Chinese Food and trailblazer of the pop-up genre. His non-profit, Zero Foodprint leads a public-private collaboration with California State agencies to scale agricultural climate solutions rooted in healthy soil. ZFP has been awarded the 2020 James Beard Award for Humanitarian of the Year.

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Follow Anthony's work on Twitter@zerofoodprint

Follow Anthony work on Instagram: @zerofoodprint


Louisa Shafia

Louisa Shafia is the author of the cookbook The New Persian Kitchen. She is an authority on Iranian food, and partners with restaurants around the country to host Persian dinners. Her food writing for a variety of publications focuses on immigrant cooking traditions.

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Follow Louisa on Twitter@lucidfood

Follow Louisa on Instagram: @louisashafia

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Oglala Lakota Chef Sean Sherman

Oglala Lakota Chef Sean Sherman, founder of The Sioux Chef, is decolonizing our food system. From growing up on Pine Ridge to an epiphany on a beach in Mexico, Chef Sean Sherman shares his journey of discovering, reviving and reimagining Native cuisine.

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Follow Sean on Twitter@Chef_Sean

Follow Sean on Instagram: @the_sioux_chef

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Aileen Suzara

Aileen Suzara is a cook, educator, and food justice advocate who uplifts the role of culturally rooted foods as medicine. She launched the food project Sariwa ("Fresh" in Filipino) to reclaim her community's healing wisdom. As part of this journey, she is honored to grow with Sama Sama Cooperative, Asian Farmers Alliance, and as a Castanea Fellow.

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Follow Aileen on Twitter@aileensuzara 

Follow Aileen on Instagram: @sariwakitchen

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Bryant Terry

Bryant Terry is a James Beard Award-winning chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. Since 2015 he has been the Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco where he creates public programming that celebrates the intersection of food, farming, health, activism, art, culture, and the African Diaspora. Bryant’s sixth book, Black Food, will be published in the fall of 2021.

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Follow Bryant on Twitter@bryantterry

Follow Bryant on Instagram: @bryantterry

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Alice Waters

Alice Waters is a chef, food activist, and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California, which first opened its doors the same year Diet for a Small Planet was published, 1971. Alice has been a champion of local sustainable agriculture ever since. In 1995 she founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for a free regenerative school lunch for all children and a sustainable food curriculum in every public school. She is the author of sixteen books including her critically acclaimed memoir, Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook.

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Follow Alice on Twitter@AliceWaters

Follow Alice on Instagram: @alicelouisewaters

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