Chef   Rachel Albert graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and communications. She earned a certificate in macrobiotic studies from the Kushi Institute of Great Britain later the same year. From 1988 to 1989, she operated Rachel's Natural Foods Cafe in Seattle.

Rachel has been a natural foods chef, cooking instructor, freelance food and health writer, and cooking coach and speaker for more than 20 years. She has led more than 800 cooking classes in five states, and published more than 225 articles in national magazines and regional papers, including Natural Home, Living Without, The Herb Companion, Herbs for Health, Yoga Journal, Lets Live, Oxygen Womens Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Conscious Choice, Well Being Journal, Veggie Life, Vegetarian Times, Vegetarian Journal, and Macrobiotics Today. Her articles also appeared in Fit, New Body, and Vegetarian Gourmet, which are no longer in print.

Rachels earlier works include Gourmet Wholefoods, Cooking with Rachel, and The Nourishment for Life Cookbook. Only Cooking with Rachel is still in print. Rachel developed 130 recipes for two books by best-selling author Barry Sears, including 90 recipes for Zone Meals in Seconds (Harper-Collins, 2004). She co-authored The Garden of Eating: A Produce-Dominated Diet and Cookbook (Planetary Press, 2004) with Don Matesz, which won the USA Book News Best Cookbook 2004, and a Glyph Award for Best Cookbook in May, 2005.

Rachel lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a faculty member of the nutrition department at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe. She leads group and private cooking classes, cooking parties, dinner parties, and healthy shopping tours. She coaches clients in their kitchens, speaks to groups about healthy eating, and appears as the Healthy Chef on Channel 3, Your Life A to Z, in Phoenix.

Known for her passion and expertise, Rachel is dedicated to inspiring healthy choices and demonstrating that great taste and good nutrition go hand in hand. Her mission is to awaken the chef in each of us and to enhance our appreciation for the nourishing power of natural foods. If you dont like healthy foods, you havent tried Rachels recipes.
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Don Matesz  holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from the University of Toledo, Ohio, a diploma in Comprehensive Nutrition from the American Academy of Nutrition, Corona Del Mar, California, Chinese Herbology Practitioner Certification from the Institute of Chinese Herbology, Oakland, California, and a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupunture in Phoenix, AZ. He is also a member of Mensa.

More than 50 of his articles have appeared in health and fitness magazines, including Acupuncture Today, Alternative Medicine, Well Being Journal, Conscious Choice, Herbs for Health, Herb Quarterly, Oxygen Women’s Fitness Magazine, Vegetarian Times, Vegetarian Journal, and Macrobiotics Today. He has also written for Veggie Life, Vegetarian Gourmet, In Context, Fitt Journal, and Exercise Protocol, which are no longer in print.

Don wrote chapters one through seven of The Garden of Eating and Appendix G and H.

Don teaches holistic nutrition for the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and for Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. He runs the Barefoot Acupuncture clinic in central Phoenix. He offers acupunture, herbal medicine, and nutrition education services for individuals and families.
Rachel and Don are available for public presentations. Please contact them using the information below.

PO Box 97040
Phoenix, AZ 85060-7040
(602) 840-4556

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