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To add value to your next conference or association meeting, email to book this best-selling author, award winning speaker, and Registered Dietitian for an informative, compelling, and entertaining seminar. Presentations are continually updated, and are adapted to suit specific audience interests. Each is typically one hour long, followed by questions and discussion. However the length and range of topics are adjusted to suit specific events.
Speaker Biography
Vesanto Melina is an award winning speaker whose invitations have inspired audiences from Barcelona to Reykjavik and from Dresden to Honolulu. She teaches at the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California and has been on the faculty of the University of British Columbia and of Seattle’s Bastyr University. She is co-author of ten bestselling books on plant-based nutrition and foods; now in twelve languages and with over 750,000 copies in print. She is author (with Brenda Davis) of the award-winning Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition and Becoming Vegan: Express Edition, and of Becoming Raw, and The Raw Food Revolution Diet (also with Cherie Soria) Vesanto is lead author of the current position paper on vegetarian diets of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.   Websites: and

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Email or phone: Vesanto Melina at  778-379-5377 (Pacific time zone)
Quotes about Vesanto as a speaker

“It is beyond simple words of thanks to you for an outstanding speaker series.  Your sessions were heard by hundreds of dietitians across Canada and the evaluations that have been returned continue to show how well received you were as a speaker. Kindest regards and many thanks! ”
Corinne Eisenbraun, Dietitians of Canada“
“An extra thank you to Vesanto for her presentation—we are truly privileged to have such an acclaimed author speak to our group!”                Patricia Tallman on behalf of the Langley Herbivores
“Thank you for making the finale of the festival a huge success.”
Chris Gay, Raw on the Rawk Festival, Salt Spring Island
 “Informative, educational & inspiring.”
“I thought this session was great! There was so much to learn about the vegan diet”
“Very informative. Vesanto was very clear on all points and very easy to follow. She also made it enjoyable and was a pleasure to listen to.”
“Very interesting. Great speaker. Taking useful information back with me to apply to my work & family.”
“Very interesting; the speaker was so knowledgeable”
“Very fact based; I learned about websites to learn from and research. Convinced me to explore vegan options”
“Very informative. Vesanto was very clear on all points and very easy to follow. She also made it enjoyable and was a pleasure to listen to.”
“Very good session. There was so much information and presented in a comprehensive manner.”
“Was happy to learn about the health benefits of a vegan diet in relation to heart health and other chronic illnesses.”
“Very informative, very knowledgeable on food, good speaker, easy to understand and listen to”
Evaluation comments from Executive Chefs, Nutrition Managers, and Supervisors, CPS Clinical Day, Aramark


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