The Healthy Gourmet: About Lisa Turner

I’ve been involved, and infatuated, with food since I was a child. My Southern grandmothers were my first culinary and nutrition instructors; I learned to cook in their sunny kitchens, and they taught me to value and respect food and the land. Almost everything we ate came from the ground, the chicken pen, the cows or the trees. We gathered eggs, searched for buckets of wild blackberries, collected bushels of pecans and greens.

I became a vegetarian at the age of 11 (a long time ago, for me) and started reading and learning more about different healing diets. At some point over the years, I’ve studied vegetarian, vegan, raw, macrobiotic, low-carb, high-protein, local, seasonal, low-fat, fasting and many other diets. I’ve tried out many of them myself. And I’ve found the diet that seems to work best for most people is one that’s made up of whole, unprocessed plant foods, with small, occasional additions of fish and organic, grass-fed or pastured animal products. It’s a flexible diet, non-dogmatic in its approach, in which every meal becomes a choice.

That's what I tried to create with The Healthy Gourmet Inspired Eats collection: a flexible, widely varied assortment of recipes suitable for any diet--and a way to use them that allows for daily choices. So if you're vegan one day, raw the next, and eating a little fish on weekends, you'll find recipes that work for you. 

You'll find the complete The Healthy Gourmet Inspired Eats collection here, at the iTunes store. Because every meal can be a choice--and you should feel inspired by food!

Lisa is an internationally published food writer, chef and nutrition educator. She has written five books on food and nutrition, and hundreds of magazine articles, and her work has appeared in Self, Natural Solutions, Natural Health, Delicious Living, Vegetarian Times, Yoga Journal, Body and Soul, and many other magazines. She has lectured and taught cooking classes on national television and across the country, and is currently a faculty instructor at Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in Boulder, Colorado. She teaches workshops, offers classes, and sees clients individually for nutrition education and intuitive eating guidance. For more information, visit her website at