Power Plate Meals Across the Globe: Chef Biographies
Native American chef and food historian, award-winning author, and photographer, Lois Ellen Frank Ph.D. has spent more than 20 years documenting the foods and ways of life of Native American communities throughout the Southwest. She is now completing her doctoral dissertation in culinary anthropology entitled, “The Discourse and Practice of Native American Cuisine, Native Chefs and Native Cooks in Contemporary Southwest Kitchens,” which she will publish in an upcoming book tentatively titled The Turquoise Plate.
Frank partnered with PCRM to teach Food for Life Healthy Native American Cooking, a series of cooking classes for people with diabetes, offered at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., and at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, N.M. She is a featured cooking instructor at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, an adjunct professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and the chef/owner of Red Mesa Cuisine with Diné chef Walter Whitewater.
Frank is an avid gardener of local cultivated and wild plants.