Anna wrote her first cookbook, The Vegetarian Epicure (Knopf, 1972) while she was a graduate student in film at The University of California at Los Angeles. It became a phenomenal success and remains a classic, universally acknowledged as the book that brought pleasure to vegetarian cooking.
A few years later, having expanded her culinary horizons through travel and the tasting of new foods, she completed The Vegetarian Epicure, Book Two, which was published by Knopf in 1978. Both books have been translated into several languages, have sold in the millions in their various editions, and have remained continually in print.
Recently, Anna downsized her household and entertaining style – in the extreme. She moved from a giant, rambling house on a ranch to a one-room converted artist’s studio, where she camped out for three years while re-building a modernist house on the same property. Working in a temporary kitchen that measured 81 inches from wall to wall, she began a passionate relationship with soups – “The food that saved me” – and a series of delicious new recipes evolved into the book Love Soup
(W.W. Norton, 2009).
Today Anna cooks and entertains in a spacious kitchen in Ojai, writes screenplays, and teaches her workshop in Los Angeles.