Rebecca is a nationally recognized culinary translator and expert on the role of food in supporting optimal health.
As a consultant, speaker, teacher and chef, Rebecca works closely with patients, physicians, nurses, and wellness professionals to include the powerful tools of flavor and nutrition in their medical arsenal. A nationally-recognized culinary translator and expert on the role of food in supporting optimal health, Rebecca has a Masters of Science degree in Health and Nutrition Education, and received her culinary training from New York’s Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts.
Rebecca is the Executive Chef and core faculty for The Center for Mind-Body Medicine's Food As Medicine Professional Training Programs. She is also faculty for the Nutrition & Health, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine’s Nutrition and Health conference, co-directed by Andrew Weill, MD, which attracts the country's top physicians, nurses, social workers, and researchers. She is the founder and director of the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal, which is dedicated to training healthcare professionals and patients how to translate nutritional science directly to the plate.
Rebecca is the author of the award-winning cookbook The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Beyond (Ten Speed Press, 2009), The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying Big Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top-16 Age Busting Power Foods (Ten Speed Press, 2013), and One Bite at a Time: Nourishing Recipes for Cancer Survivors and their Friends (Second Edition). Her fourth book, The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big-Flavor Recipes to Enhance Brain Function, Mood, Memory and Mental Clarity will be published by Ten Speed Press in February 2015.
A myriad of food related experiences, including a sojourn to Italy, where she studied Mediterranean cuisine from chefs and signoras from Florence to Sicily, shaped Rebecca’s philosophy that health-supportive food must taste great in order to be nourishing and healing.
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Rebecca Katz is compensated by the California Walnut Commission for her services.