About Us

Brooke Northcutt

My life was transformed by a plant-based diet. I read the The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and from attending a natural foods culinary academy to teaching classes and creating curricula, I found my self diving head first into the world of whole foods. I was convinced by the overwhelming evidence but astounded by the changes to my body. I suddenly slept easily, had four times the energy, and rarely felt dragged down or tired. I finally had the stamina and vitality to pursue my dreams, even with three kiddos!

La Grande Vita is my way of sharing the recipes, thoughts, and experiments that go along with exploring a plant-based diet. Plant-based eating really is a new frontier. From fermenting vegan cheeses to making food gifts and tonight's dinner, I want to share this new world with you. Let's learn from each other. This really is the path to the great life, La Grande Vita!


Dr. Betty Edmond

Dr. Edmond is a physician who has worked in health care and disease prevention in various capacities for over 30 years. She has served as a teacher, researcher and Pediatric Infectious Disease Consultant, as well as Medical Director of a regional children's medical center and Vice President and Senior Executive of Austin's largest integrated healthcare system. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Edmond has been interested in nutrition and food's power to transform health. In 2008 she graduated as a natural foods Chef from the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin where she studied culinary arts and related health management. In 2009 she completed an additional year of study at the Academy, focused on advanced training for teachers and counselors. She has also serves on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Oriental Medicine of Austin.

Dr. Edmond is currently the Director of the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts, where she has primary responsibility for the professional culinary school's operations and development. Regarding goals for La Grande Vita, she remains committed  to the spread of an approach to eating that helps others create their own health and contributes to reversing the increasing trend of chronic disease impacting human health and happiness worldwide.