World Chefs: Terry Walters dishes up judgment-free vegan fare

Tue Nov 4, 2014 4:06am EST
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Terry Walters, clean-food chef, educator and author of the new cookbook "Eat Clean Live Well," says her cooking career started as a necessity and became a passion.

The more than 175 recipes in her third book continue in the vegan, gluten-free vein that yielded best sellers “Clean Food” and “Clean Start.”

It all started, Walters said, when she was diagnosed with high cholesterol some 30 years ago.

“I was trying to figure out what is healthy, and then how to make it taste good,” the 48-year old said. “The palate of foods that I was able to work with was made quite small by my own health issues and then with my children, who had a number of food sensitivities.”

A James Beard Foundation Award finalist, Walters, who lives outside Hartford, Connecticut, spoke about her trial-and-error culinary education, her tips to make healthy food delicious, and why she does not subscribe to the vegan label.

Q: What is eating clean?

A: For me it is foods that are minimally processed so we can get maximum nutrition ... For one person, cleaning up their diet might mean getting artificial ingredients out of their processed food; for another it might mean getting rid of processed food altogether. There’s no judgment here. It’s not a trend. It’s a return to understanding of what food is, how it works in the body and how we can make it delicious so we can be healthy and happy.

Q: Why did you write this book?   Continued...

Terry Walters, author of "Eat Clean Live Well," is seen in a handout picture taken in New York in May, 2012.  REUTERS/Sterling Publishing/Gentl and Hyers/Handout via Reuters