Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition
My career in nutrition grew out of my life-long love affair with food. I grew up in the kitchen and worked in the restaurant industry for 10 years, including two years as a part-time cook in a vegetarian café. I decided to combine my love of food with my passion for health and became a nutrition scientist to understand how food affects our wellbeing and risk of disease. My research is primarily focused on diet and obesity and other chronic diseases, and I teach at both Harvard Extension School (From Farm to Fork: Why What You Eat Matters) and Harvard School of Public Health (Food Science and Technology: Implications for Nutrition and Public Health). Yet much of what I do is beyond individual health and includes studying the social and environmental aspects of nutrition such as how people make food choices and how our choices in turn impact not only our bodies, but our planet.
After almost 20 years as a research scientist, I began a new chapter of my career focused on food and science communication beyond the university. Today, I spend much of my time bringing together my zeal for nutrition, cooking, sustainability, and health through writing, television, videos, and other media to help people translate evidence-based science to delectable meals. My first book, National Geographic Foods for Health: Choose and Use the Very Best Foods for Your Family and Our Planet, was published in September 2014, and National Geographic Superfoods will be published in January 2016. I also appeared on television in the 2014 season of ABC’s The Taste as one of America’s “best undiscovered cooks” alongside Nigella Lawson, where I cooked globally inspired, plant-based cuisine. I’m currently working on my next three books and communicate with the public on my blog Cooking & Eating the PK Way. I also consult for both the private and public sectors to help create a healthier, more sustainable world.
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