Vesanto Melina, MS, RD is the lead author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ current Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets. She is an internationally known speaker and co-author of award-winning books that are classics on plant-based nutrition, most with Brenda Davis, and now in 14 languages. Their most recent are The Kick Diabetes Cookbook and also Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition. Vesanto is a personal and government consultant and has taught nutrition at Seattle’s Bastyr University and at the University of British Columbia. Her websites are www.nutrispeak.com and www.becomingvegan.ca and kickdiabetescookbook.com.