Hi I’m Kristen. I cook and I teach.
I’m a vegan food educator, here to help you transform the way you cook, the way you feel and to thrive with vegan food!
Why Know thy Food exists…
I believe ANYONE can learn to cook and LOVE vegan food. Real Food. That means you won’t notice that you’re eating dairy-free, meat-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, allergy-friendly food. You’re just going to learn to make delicious food.
I believe that cooking is a creative process and that you don’t need to be a chef to use your creativity. Having a deeper understanding of how cooking works will bring out your creativity and have you moving far beyond recipes.
A few skills, techniques and tools can totally transform your cooking, your health and the world!
A future pantry perfectionist…
Yup. this is me as a wee one playing with lentils and beans. Who knew I would be doing this many years later.
How it all started
I’ve loved cooking and playing with food for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been what I like to call a creative cook. I think all of us have one inside of us!
And even though I was vegetarian for almost 20 years, I wasn’t always healthy. I was a little overweight as a teenager, and as a young adult I suffered from candida, a weakened digestive system from traveling (and lots of street food!) and irritable bowel syndrome. My studies in nutrition began when I decided to heal myself without drugs.
Fast forward until five years ago.
I was wandering around a vegan festival where I met some of the people that would change my life forever. They sent me a few videos that taught me about the horrors of the dairy and egg industry. It was then that I had my ‘Aha’ moment. (Maybe you’ve had one of those too!)
Once I became a passionate vegan, I decided to combine my years of teaching and cooking experience to help some people become healthy cooks, and to help transform others into happy thriving vegans!
Before becoming a ‘vegucator’
I’ve been managing environmental projects, teaching composting and languages (among other things) over the past 20 years. I have a background in Environmental Studies and Spanish though it’s really not that far off from what I do now.
I love to teach. And I love the planet and to discover its languages, cultures and foods. And I’ve always had a passion for health and food. And I believe animals deserve love and not to be eaten.
From all of this love, came Know thy Food.
- I am a happy mom of the cutest vegan baby
- I am not as healthy as you might think. I have a weakness for bread and potatoes.
- I love to hang out at dog parks even though I don’t have a dog (yet)
- I’ve always dreamed of being a singer but I’m way too shy
- I speak four languages and my other home is Latin America (with family in Brazil)
- The most tangible result I got from the class was trust in Kristen. She consulted me ahead of time about the kind of dishes I would most like for the party, she worked around our specific limitations, she came on time and fully prepared. Her depth of knowledge, her willingness to experiment and offer suggestions, and her lovely nature makes her easy to approach. My husband also enjoyed finding out about the spiralizer so that we could make jiffy pasta from nutrient-rich vegetables. Jennifer, Toronto, 2012
- I would definitely recommend taking a class from Kristen. She is an excellent listener, so the dishes will cater to one’s interests and diets. Kristen is equally personable and professional. That makes for a comfortable environment in which to learn.Marilyn Mckim, 2014
- Kristen, your style of teaching makes people feel so comfortable and confident that they can DO it. You are incredibly talented and your passion for cooking is contagious. Thank you so much for an amazing eveningNatalie Marconi – November 16, 2011
- However, it wasn’t just the food that was great, Kristen was really knowledgeable and helpful with tips and tricks to make cooking faster and easier (particularly for those busy week nights). The whole experience was really fun and I would definitely do it again.”Amber Trudeau, Pickering Ontario (nov 2014)