Name: Linda Watson
Occupation: Food Evangelist: cookbook writer, food photographer, blogger, speaker, and food consultant
Place of Residence: Raleigh, North Carolina
Background and Personal History: Linda started the Cook for Good project after becoming obsessed with the national Food Stamp Challenge: living on a dollar a meal per person for a week. Her three-week experiment became a lifestyle, the Cook for Good website, the book Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet – All on $5 a Day or Less, and the Wildly Good Cook videos. Her story took a romantic turn when she wrote the spoof Fifty Weeks of Green: Romance & Recipes, in which a city gal falls in love with a farmer and learns to cook. She teaches cooking classes, gives talks, and consults with event planners across the country.
Linda and her husband Bruce (the Taster) live in Raleigh, North Carolina. You can find her at a local farmers market nearly every Saturday. At home, she's slowly converting their yard to an edible forest garden, with hazelnuts, bush cherries, and more, as well as annual vegetables and plenty of oddly gorgeous plants.
Current Mission: Helping people save the world by eating plants together. Making vegan be the “no-preference” option for shared meals at work, school, and events welcomes everyone to the table, even those with health or ethical concerns which they'd rather not discuss. Event planners can save so much money that if they do include animal products, they can afford local, well-raised animals. This approach will help slow climate change with minimal personal effort or inconvenience.
Other Fun Facts:
• She worked on computer games with authors Tom Clancy and Douglas Adams.
• She has four solar cookers and is building more.
• She won a Frida Kahlo look-alike contest at a Cinco de Mayo party.
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