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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.

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