ANNEMARIE COLBIN, Ph.D., is an award-winning leader in the field of natural health, and a highly sought-after lecturer and wellness consultant. She is Founder and CEO of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Artstm in New York City, the oldest natural foods cooking school in the US (since 1977). It is also the only one licensed by the New York State Education Department and accredited to offer a career Chef's Training Program in natural foods cooking. The associated Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health, where she teaches a number of popular lectures, offers a wide array of cooking classes for the general public on many styles of healthful cooking, incorporating a variety of dietary approaches, as well as lectures on the uses of food as a healing tool for various health conditions. Her CE course, Food Therapy, which she offers once a year, is designed for health professionals that include, or want to include, dietary counseling in their practices.
Dr. Colbin has been an adjunct professor of nutrition at Empire State College in New City, NY, and at Touro College. She is a once-yearly visiting lecturer at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, and has led workshops all over the country in such well-known institutions as the Omega Institute, The New York Open Center, and Kripalu Yoga Center, as well as in many smaller regional organizations. She presented talks in the Integrative Health Symposium in 2009, as well as in several earlier ones.
A prolific writer, she is the author of four books. Her cookbooks are The Book of Whole Meals (Autumn Press, 1979; Ballantine Books, 1983) and The Natural Gourmet (Ballantine Books, 1989, 1991). Her book Food and Healing (Ballantine Books, 1986, 1996), on the relationship between food and health, has been translated into Spanish, Italian, Czech, Polish, Bulgarian, and Chinese. The English version was reissued in a 10th Anniversary edition in 1996. All three books are still in print, and have sold more than 300,000 copies. The Natural Gourmet was awarded first runner-up prize in the IACP/Seagram national cookbook awards in 1989. Her new book, Whole Foods for Strong Bones: A Holistic Approach, was published by New Harbinger Publications in February 2009.
Dr. Colbin authors a regular column since 1988 for the magazine New York Spirit (formerly Free Spirit), which appears every other month. Many of her articles are on this website. She has written numerous other magazine articles as well as chapters in anthologies. She is featured in her own DVD, Basics of Healthy Cooking (1986), and an audiotape and CD, The Five Phases of Food.
She has been written up frequently in the news media, and has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs. Recently she appeared with Dr Mehmet Oz on “Oprah and Friends”, on XM radio, and on Martha Stewart Radio in “Whole Living.” Corporations such as Shearson Lehman, the American Management Association, American Express, Solomon Brothers, Hoffman-LaRoche, Time Inc., and MTV have repeatedly offered her lunchtime workshops on wellness and food.
Dr. Colbin offers individual wellness consultations, in person or by phone, through her office at the Natural Gourmet Institute (212-645-5170, ext 0), as well as a variety of consulting options for businesses.
In 2002, she got her doctorate in “Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Wholistic Nutrition” from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, OH. Her dissertation was on “Wholistic Nutrition: from Biochemistry to Chaos, Complexity, and Quantum Physics – applying some concepts from 20th Century science to a new understanding of how food relates to health.” (To purchase dissertation, click here.)
For her charitable activities, Dr Colbin volunteers her time on the board of two non-profit organizations, FIONS (Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences), and the New York Coalition for OneVoice. She is also on the Board of Advisors of Health Corps, the organization founded by Dr Mehmet Oz; of What Doctors Don’t Tell You (UK), and of the Source of Synergy Foundation. In addition, she is a consultant (as representative of the Natural Gourmet Institute) for Project Aspire, a project of Touro College's Children's Health Education Foundation (CHEF), in teaching 5 and 6-year olds the importance of healthful eating.
Dr Colbin lives in New York City with her husband, journalist Bernard Gavzer. Together they have 5 grown children and three grandchildren.