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Although she has been interested in healthy sustainable food all her life, Katherine Leiner confesses that she has only just come to the table of food writing with her latest book: Growing Roots: The New Sustainable Generation of Farmers, Cooks and Food Activists. The book won several awards including First place for Body, Spirit and Mind from the Reader Views 2010 Book Award.

Best Non-Fiction book of the year from Herman University 2010, First place Gold Medal from the Living Now 2011 Book Award, and First Place for Green Living from Indie Excellance Award.

Growing Roots gave Katherine the opportunity to profile some of the most interesting, passionate and provocative young gatherers, growers, cooks and food activists across the nation. Initially, she interviewed over 150 people, fifty-four of them appear in her book with recipes from each of them and beautiful photos by Andrew Lipton. The travel continues and so do the interviews. Katherine is now interviewing young adults who are involved in sustainable and traditional food.

Katherine’s other work includes books for children, young adults, and her first novel for adults. The most well known among them are:

Digging Out, Penguin Publishers, 2004, Leiner’s debut novel for adults is set against the backdrop of the magnificent Welsh landscape and is a haunting, inspiring, and heart-lifting novel of loss, family reconciliation, and the healing power of love (Denver Post)…

Mama Does the Mambo, Hyperion 2001, was a CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center) recommended pick. Américas Awards, OutReach World gave it an honorable mention, saying the book reaffirms hopefulness after heartbreak,

Hornbook gave it a starred review calling it poetic and lyrical.

First Children: Growing Up in the White House, William Morrow 1996. In a full page NYT Book Review Nathalie op de Beeck says, Despite the glut of biographies on American politicians, few authors devote books solely to First Children. Ms. Leiner tends to this historical gap with 17 present-tense profiles that nicely balance levity and seriousness. Throughout, Ms. Leiner adopts a tone of omniscience, lending a sense of immediacy to her words. She handles her facts with careful consideration.

Halloween, Atheneum Publishers 1993. The book helped to raise funds for Pediatric AIDS, Leiner was a guest on the Today Show.

Katherine is also working on a novel for young adults and her second novel for adults.




Maple trees primed for sugaring. Credit: Copyright 2016 Katherine Leiner

2016 has been an excellent year for maple syrup. In Vermont, the largest producer in the United States, sugaring started during mid-December in some

Kale salad with walnuts for a healthy new year. Credit: Copyright 2015 Andrew Lipton

Like 50 million to 70 million other Americans, I battle with insomnia. My love for food inspired me to start there in search of

Glynwood chicken, brined and peppered and simply delicious. Credit: Copyright 2015 Andrew Lipton

New York's Hudson Valley is fertile terrain for organic farmers. Organic is a gentler, more gracious way of farming, seemingly old-fashioned when compared to

A hearty cassoulet featuring rabbit confit, smoked pork belly and black garlic sausage helps ward off a cold winter night. Credit: Copyright Jared Spoffard

As the cold Northeastern winter laid yet another wet snow on New York City, Back Forty West, Peter Hoffman's wonderful restaurant at 70 Prince

A sign posted by Quivira’s guru Jim Barauski writes the tenets of Biodynamic farming for all to see. Credit: Katherine Leiner

Travel through Northern California and signs of the severe drought are everywhere. In suburban Healdsburg, front lawns are dead, flowers faded, home vegetable gardens

Visitors enjoy the outdoor Sculpture Garden at the Paradise Ridge Winery in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California. Credit: Paradise Ridge Winery

On a recent visit to Northern California, I wanted to see how art and wine mix in Sonoma County's famed wine country. My sister,

Jordyn Lexton, founder of Drive Change. Credit: Katherine Leiner

"Snowday," the first food truck from the social enterprise Drive Change, showed up this spring at Brooklyn Bridge Park for the annual NYFEST soccer

"Delicious" and author Ruth Reichl. Credit: Fiona Aboud

Ruth Reichl's engaging books talk of her growing up years, her family and how she learned to cook. In her nonfiction titles she has