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Mollie Katzen (born October 13, 1950 in Rochester, New York, U.S.) is an American chef, cookbook author and artist. She is best known for her vegetarian cookbook, the Moosewood Cookbook (1977), inspired by the Moosewood Restaurant she helped create, but left in 1978 "amid some bitter accusations that she had appropriated group recipes as her own." She later authored and illustrated several other best-selling vegetarian cookbooks, including The Enchanted Broccoli Forest (1982), Still Life with Menu (1988), and Vegetable Heaven and Sunlight Cafe (1997); three children's cookbooks (Pretend Soup (1994), Honest Pretzels and Salad People (1999) and recently co-authored (with Walter Willett) Eat, Drink and Weigh Less: A Flexible and Delicious Way to Shrink Your Waist Without Going Hungry. She has lectured extensively on nutrition and hosted a cooking program on the Public Broadcasting Service.
She attended the Eastman School of Music and Cornell University, and received her bachelor's degree in fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the sister of Boston Symphony Orchestra horn player Daniel Katzen.
With over 5 million books in print, Mollie Katzen is listed by The New York Times as one of the best-selling cookbook authors of all time. Named by Health Magazine as one of the five "Women Who Changed the Way We Eat," and personally selected by the Dean as a founding member of the new Harvard School of Public Health Leadership Council, Ms. Katzen holds a charter seat at the Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Roundtable and was an inaugural inductee to new Natural Health Hall of Fame. Largely credited with moving healthful gourmet food from the fringe to the center of American dinner plates, Ms. Katzen has now formed a partnership with Harvard University as both a consultant to Harvard University Dining and the architect of their new, groundbreaking Food Literacy Initiative.
An award-winning illustrator and designer as well as an author and food/nutrition/cultural history scholar, Mollie Katzen is best known as the author of the Moosewood Cookbook, as well as the bestsellers The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, Still Life with Menu, Vegetable Heaven (winner of the International Cookbook Revue Award for Best Vegetarian Cookbook of the Year and a Top Finalist for the Julia Child Awards)—and the award-winning children's cookbooks, Pretend Soup and Honest Pretzels (named a Notable Book by the American Librarians' Association). Since 1995, Mollie Katzen has also been the host of four highly rated cooking series seen nationwide on public television. Ms. Katzen's recent work includes a 400-recipe breakfast book, Mollie Katzen's Sunlight Café (Hyperion - September 2002), which was chosen by Book Magazine as one of the five best cookbooks of 2002. Her latest publication, "The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without" (Hyperion - October 2007), includes 100 vegetable side dishes that can easily move to the center of the plate if one chooses.
Katzen's latest book, Get Cooking (HarperStudio – Oct 2009), continues her cookbook trend, except that it contains non-vegetarian recipes. The latest book is aimed at beginning cooks and contains recipes with the “relative minimum number of ingredients.” For the book, Katzen acted as her own photographer.
The release of Get Cooking is also being paired with a multimedia website loaded with both cooking and kitchen lessons aimed at providing instructions for new cooks on everything from “knife sharpening to tofu grilling.”
In 2013, Katzen published her latest vegetarian cookbook, The Heart of the Plate.