Anna Thomas is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and filmmaker, and a two-time James Beard Award winner. Anna wrote her first cookbook while she was a film student at UCLA: The Vegetarian Epicure (1973) became a phenomenal success, was translated into various languages, sold over a million copies, and remains a classic. She continued to cook and to write about food while making films and raising a family. When she found herself in a tiny, temporary kitchen during a long construction project, she wrote her fourth book, about cooking simply and embracing the soup life: Love Soup, which won a James Beard Book Award. Her latest book, Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore: Dinner For Everyone At The Table (W.W. Norton, 2016), is being released on April 18. Her food writing has appeared in many publications, including The Los Angeles Times, Gourmet Magazine, Bon Appetit, Fine Cooking, and Eating Well.