Here at Oldways, we’re having conversations with food and nutrition experts from around the world. Learn more about cultural food traditions, heritage diets, and whole grains by watching the videos below.




A Conversation with Reina Gascon-Lopez

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We celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with the Sofrito Project! 

We had a lovely conversation with Reina Gascon-Lopez, founder of @thesofritoproject.




A Conversation with Marina Chaparro, MPH, RD, CDE

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To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month we had a conversation with Marina Chaparro RND, CDE, MPH.

She is the founder of @nutrichicos and author of Pregnancy & Diabetes: A Real-Life Guide for Women with Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes.




Cooking Demo with Ambassador Tiffany Davis

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Celebrate Black History Month with an African Heritage recipe demo. We connected with Oldways African Heritage and Health Ambassador Tiffany Davis for a delicious cooking demonstration!




Interview: Grocery Shopping with Ambassador Angela Ledyard

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In celebration of Black History Month, we connected with African Heritage and Health Program Ambassador Angela Ledyard to take us grocery shopping with her!


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Interview: Heart Health with Ambassador Glorya Fernandez

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In celebration of Black History Month and American Heart Month, we connected with African Heritage and Health Program Ambassador Glorya Fernandez to discuss Heart Health!




Caribbean Heritage Cooking Demo

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We had a lovely conversation with Chef Phil and Dr. Mercedes, including a Caribbean Heritage Cooking Demo.




A Conversation with Nicole Taylor

In celebration of Juneteenth we chatted with Nicole Taylor, author of Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations.

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Gather at the Virtual Table: Community Conversations on Food & Librarianship

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An interactive event on how food and librarianship can (and do!) come together, featuring Oldways Heritage Diets Coordinator Sarah Anderson




A Conversation with Maya Feller

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We had a conversation on Instagram Live with Maya Feller, a registered dietitian, media expert, and adjunct professor at NYU.




A Conversation with Thérèse Nelson

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We caught up with Thérèse Nelson on Instagram Live—chef, writer, podcast host, and steward of Black Culinary History. 




A Conversation with Tambra Raye Stevenson

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We caught up with Tambra Raye Stevenson—African Heritage & Health Advisory Board Member Tambra Raye Stevenson. Honored as the 2014 “Nutrition Hero” by Food & Nutrition Magazine, Tambra Raye is an inspiring speaker, nutrition justice advocate, and consultant. She is the founder and CEO of Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics, and Agriculture (WANDA), and a National Geographic Traveler of the Year.




A Conversation with Chef, Author & Editor Bryant Terry

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We caught up with Bryant Terry—a James Beard & NAACP Image Award-winning chef, educator, and author, and editor-in-chief of 4 Color Books—to talk about his new book, Black Food, and African Heritage food traditions from the African Diaspora.


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Study Abroad for Dietitians

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Take your nutrition career to the next level through travel! Study abroad programs for dietitians, like the week-long culinary tours offered by Oldways, help dietitians gain a richer understanding of cultural foods, the food system, and food traditions, all while enjoying the trip of a lifetime and earning CPEU credits


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A Conversation with Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH

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In this interview, Sara Baer-Sinnott and Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, discuss the state of healthy eating, common misconceptions about nutrition and healthy living, as well as healthy eating patterns such as the Mediterranean Diet.


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The Mediterranean Diet: Traditional Foods for a Plant-Based Future

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The Mediterranean Diet goes hand-in-hand with the plant-based diet. In this Instagram Live interview, Ellen Kanner, the Soulful Vegan, discusses some of her favorite vegan Mediterranean foods, and shows off a 100% plant-based tapas plate.


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Q&A with Hsiao-Ching Chou

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Author and cooking teacher Hsiao-Ching Chou discusses her cookbooks, Chinese Soul Food and Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food, as well as tips for home cooks for cooking with tofu, vegetables, and other plant-based ingredients.


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Beans and Pulses on the Mediterranean Diet, with Dr. Marta Garaulet

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Beans and pulses are delicious, good for you, and a staple of the Mediterranean Diet. In this Instagram Live interview, Dr. Marta Garaulet answers common questions about beans and pulses.

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Healthy Mediterranean Pasta Meals with Sheela Prakash, RD

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In this Instagram Live broadcast, Sheela Prakash, RD, discusses how delicious pasta meals fit into the Mediterranean Diet.

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Mediterranean Diet Q&A with Jenna Helwig

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In this Instagram Live broadcast, Jenna Helwig, Food Director at Real Simple magazine, discusses the Mediterranean Diet with Oldways’ Director of Nutrition.

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Plant Based Diet Q&A with Sharon Palmer, RD

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In this Instagram Live broadcast, Sharon Palmer, RD, the Plant Powered Dietitian, answers frequently asked questions about plant based eating, including sustainability, tips for beginners, and how to encourage picky eaters to try plant based foods.

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A Look Back at the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid with Dr. Walter Willett

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Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health takes a look back at the creation of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid with Oldways President Sara Baer-Sinnott. They also discuss the EAT Lancet report, the Predimed study, as well as some of their favorite Mediterranean Diet foods, and common misconceptions people hold about this way of eating.


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A Conversation with Chef Pierre Thiam

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In this Instagram Live broadcast, Chef Pierre Thiam joins Oldways’ Sarah Anderson for a discussion about the ancient grain fonio, Senegalese cuisine, and the African Heritage Diet. In the second half of this interview, the chef demonstrates how to prepare a delicious beet and fonio salad recipe.


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A Conversation with Toni Tipton-Martin

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In this Instagram Live broadcast, African Heritage & Health advisor Toni Tipton-Martin joins Oldways’ Sarah Anderson. They discuss the African Heritage Diet Pyramid, the process of cookbook writing and editing a major food publication. Toni Tipton-Martin is a two-time James Beard Award winning author of The Jemima Code and Jubilee, and the editor-in-chief of Cook’s Country.