Professional Qualifications of
Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian

Dietitians of Canada -Registration Number 4398
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – Registration Number 713175
College of Dietitians of British Columbia – Registration Number 0447

Websites:   and
Address: 1733 East 33rd Ave, #103, Vancouver B C, V5N 3E3 Canada
Phone: (778) 379-5377    Cell: 604-614-5372

Vesanto Melina’s undergraduate training was at the University of London, England and the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This led to a B.A. in Home Economics with specialization in nutrition. Graduate work included a Master’s degree in Nutrition at the University of Toronto, Ontario plus two years of graduate course work in Adult Education at the University of British Columbia.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (U.S.)
Dietitians of Canada
College of Dietitians of British Columbia
Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Vegetarian Dietary Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Author, speaker, and personal and government consultant.


2016                                Ryley-Jeffs Memorial Lecture Award (Dietitians of Canada)

2014-5                            REAL Book of the Year Top 10; 2014 Canada Book Award; BOTYA (Book
of the Year Award)

1995                                 Clintec award for leadership in dietetics


2016-2017                      Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, Fort Bragg, California

1996-9                             Bastyr University, Seattle Washington

1984-90                          School of Nursing, Vancouver General Hospital

1965-8, 1973-5, 1983-4 School of Family and Nutritional Sciences, University of B.C.
(Basic and Therapeutic Nutrition)


 2000-17                       British Columbia Corrections, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

2003-8                          British Columbia Youth Custody Centres

1997                              WIC (Women, Infant, Children) Nutritionist for Seattle-King County

1989                              Vancouver City Health Department (East and North Units)

1975-8                          British Columbia Ministry of Health, Nutritionist for South Okanagan


 2008                             Greenhouse Delight Foods

2000-6                          Nature’s Path Foods

1999-2006                   Yves Veggie Cuisine

2003                              Intercity Packers

2000-2                          Grainworks

1996-8                           ProSoya (So Nice)


2005-15                        HOME Society (

1985-93                        Orion Intermediate Care Home, Normandy Hospital, Alexandra Private
Hospital, Salvation Army Addiction Treatment Center for Women


2015-2017                   International Congress of  Dietetics (Granada Spain); Glo (Raykjavik, Iceland); Living Light

2012-4                         Aramark (Food Sevice Conference); Canadian Diabetes Association/CSEM Professional Conference and Annual Meeting; Cross Canada Tour-Dietitians of Canada; Vegetarian Associations

2010-2                          Vegetarian Associations in Aarhus, Copenhagen, Edmonton, Halifax, Hawaii, New Orleans, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg

1992 to 2009               (Sampling of presentations) American Correctional Food Service Association Convention; Dietitans of Canada Annual Conventions; Washington and Oregon State Dietetics Association; B.C. Dietitians’ and Nutritionists’ Association events in various locations; Continuing Education in the Health Sciences at UBC; Ontario Dietitians’ Association Convention;  Cardiology Practice Group of ODA; British Columbia Teachers’ Federation Convention; Registered Nurses’ Association of B.C. Conventions; College of Dental Surgeons of B.C.; Versa Food Service Managers; Native Counseling and Courtworkers’
Association of B.C.; Hey’ Way’ Noq’; Tsawassen First Nations; Environment Youth Corps; YMCA; London Drugs Management; Vegetarian  Associations in various locations.


Davis B, Melina V. Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition: The Complete Reference to Plant Based Nutrition. Book Publishing Co, 2014.  (Awarded REAL Top 10 Book of the Year)

Davis B, Melina V. Becoming Vegan: Express Edition”  by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina, Book Publishing Company, 2013.  (Awarded 2014 Canada Book Award;  finalist with honorable mention for ForeWord Book of the Year Award;  and given star rating by the American Library Association as “the go-to book” on vegan nutrition)

Melina V, Forest J. Cooking Vegetarian. Harper Collins, 2011 (Earlier Editions: Wiley Canada 2011; John Wiley and Sons 1998; Macmillan Canada 1996)

Melina V, Forest J. Cooking Vegan. Book Publishing Co. 2012.

Davis B, Melina V. Becoming Raw. Book Publishing Co. 2010.

Stepaniak J, Melina V, Aronson D. Food Allergies: Health and Healing. Books Alive 2010.

Soria C, Davis B, Melina V. Raw Food Revolution Diet. Book Publishing Co. 2008.

Melina V, Stepaniak J, Aronson D. Food Allergy Survival Guide. Healthy Living Publ. 2004.

Stepaniak J, Melina V. Raising Vegetarian Children. McGraw-Hill, 2003.
Also in Traditional Chinese. 素食兒童籌款. Persimmon Cultural Enterprise

Melina V, Davis B. Becoming Vegetarian. Harper Collins 2013, 2003, (Earlier Editions: Wiley Canada, 2003; Book Publishing Co 1995; Macmillan Canada 1994.)
In the US as New Becoming Vegetarian. Book Publishing Co. 2003.
In Dutch as Vegetarisch Eten. Panta Rhei. 2011.
In Czech as Průvodce vegetariána. AK. 2008.
In Portuguese as A Dieta Saudável dos Vegetais. Editora Campus. 1998.
In French as Devenir Végétarien. Les Editions de l’Homme. 1996.

Barnard N, Melina V. Healthy Eating for Life: To Prevent and Treat Cancer. John Wiley & Sons. 2002.

Davis B, Melina V. Becoming Vegan. Book Publishing Co. 2000
Also in Italian as Diventare Vegani. MacroEdizioni. 2011

Potvin Y, with Melina V. The Good Cook Book by Yves. Yves Publications. 1999.


Dietitians of Canada and American Dietetic Association. Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: Vegetarian Diets. Can J Diet Pract Res. 2003;64(2):62. (Co-authors Mangels AR, Messina V, Melina V.)

Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: Vegetarian Diets. American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada; J Am Diet Assoc. 2003;103(6):748. (Co-authors Mangels AR, Messina V, Melina V.)

Messina V, Melina V, Mangels AR. A new food guide for North American vegetarians. Can J Diet Pract Res. 2003;64(2):82.

Messina V, Melina V, Mangels AR. A new food guide for North American vegetarians. J Am Diet Assoc. 2003;103(6):771.

American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada. Vegetarian chapter in The Manual of Clinical Dietetics. 6th edition, 2000.

*Note: Name changed from Crawford to Melina (due to marriage).

Crawford. VL Nutrition for the Adult Vegetarian in The Manual of Nutritional Care, British Columbia Dietitians’ and Nutritionists’ Association, 4th edition, 1992. (Endorsed by the British Columbia Medical Association.)

Crawford VL. Eating Your Way to a Healthy Lifestyle. Nursing B.C. 1992;24(5):16.

Crawford. VL. Vegetarian Diets. Update: Newsletter of the B.C.Nutrition Council. 1986;11(1):1.

Crawford VL. Nutrition and Hyperactivity in Children. Ministry of Health, Province of B.C, 1980.

Crawford. VL. Food for Little Folks. Ministry of Health, Province of B.C. 1979.

Crawford. VL Junk Food in Our Schools? A look at student spending. Journal of the Canadian Dietetic Association. 1977;38(3)193.

Crawford. VL. Low Methionine Exchange Lists. School of Home Economics, University of British Columbia. 1969.

Davis MA, Crawford. VL, Lee M, Birbeck J. Low Methionine Recipes. Division of Human Nutrition, University of British Columbia. B.C. 1969

Perry TL, Hanson S, Love D, Crawford L, Tischler B. Treatment of Homocystinuria with a Low Methionine Diet, Supplemental Cystine and a Methyl Donor. The Lancet. 1968 August 31;ii:474.

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