Anna Lappé: Author

Episode Detail
Listen Now
Living Green episode 25: Anna Lappe: Climate Change at the End of Your Fork

Subscribe with RSS Subscribe with iTunes Download

Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author and sought-after public speaker, respected for her work on sustainability, food politics, globalization, and social change. Named one of TIME’s “Eco-Who’s Who,” Anna has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, O-The Oprah Magazine, Domino, Food & Wine, Body+Soul, and Vibe, among many other outlets. In 2007, she was honored, along with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, by The Missing Peace Project and was featured with Karenna Schiff Gore and Amanda Hearst in Contribute Magazine’s “21 Under 40 Making a Difference.”

With her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, Anna leads the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education, and the Small Planet Fund, which has raised nearly half-a-million dollars for democratic social movements worldwide, two of which have won the Nobel Peace Prize since the Fund’s founding in 2002.

Anna is a co-host of the public television series, The Endless Feast, and has appeared on more than one hundred radio and television shows. She can be seen on Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet as well on Fox, NBC, PBS, and the CBC in Canada. She has also appeared on dozens of nationally syndicated radio programs, including National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, The Diane Rehm Show, Talk to America, and WYNC’s Leonard Lopate Show with Ruth Reichl.

Anna is a frequent lecturer and has spoken at dozens of universities and colleges across the country, including Allegheny College, Boston College, Brown University, Columbia University, New York University, University of California at Berkeley, Wesleyan, and Yale University.

Anna’s first book, Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet, (Tarcher/Penguin 2002), co-written with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, chronicles courageous social movements around the world addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty. Winner of the Nautilus Award for Social Change, Hope’s Edge has been published in several languages and is used in classrooms across the country.

Called “ingenious” by The New York Times, Anna’s second book, Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (Tarcher/Penguin 2006), combines an exposé on industrial agriculture with chef Bryant Terry’s seasonal menus. For the Grub speaking tour, Anna traveled to fifty-five cities and participated in more than two hundred events.

Anna’s writing has been widely published in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and Canada’s Globe and Mail. Anna has also been a contributing author to a number of books, including We Got Issues!: A Young Women's Guide to a Bold, Courageous and Empowered Life (Inner Ocean: September 2006), WorldChanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century (Abrams 2006), and Feeding the Future: How the Battle Over Food Will Change Your Life (Realize Media 2004).

Anna serves as a consultant to foundations, media projects, and non-profit organizations and served as a consulting editor for a Nation special issue on food. She is an active board member of the Center for Media and Democracy and the Community Food Security Coalition, the nation’s leading network of food justice and sustainable agriculture organizations.

Anna holds an M.A. in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and graduated with honors from Brown University. From 2004 to 2006 she was a Food and Society Policy Fellow, a national program of the WK Kellogg Foundation.

Anna has worked in South Africa, England, and France. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York where she is at work on her third book for adults and a children’s book series.