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10. Which of your healthy, low-calorie recipes gets the most converts?

"The fried chicken, the macaroni and cheese, and my black bean brownie cupcakes."

11. What is your best health habit?

"My best habit is being conscious of everything that I put in my mouth. I consume thoughtfully. I always think about the importance of making better, healthy choices when it comes to what I eat."

12. What is your worst health habit?

"Eating late at night. The food just sits in your stomach when you sleep."

13. You're in your mid-40s now. Is there anything you wish you had known about health, say, 20 years ago that you are just learning now?

"I'm definitely prone to heart disease. I would have placed a lot more importance on cardio exercise."

14. What do you cook for yourself at home?

"I eat a lot of grilled fish, like grilled salmon glazed with mustard, tamari, and agave nectar. I also really like seasoned chicken broth."

15. How do you stay passionate about your work?

"I know this is going to sound clichéd, but if you do something that you love, you never work a day in your life. I feel like I'm playing with toys. Traveling for work sometimes leaves me tired, but this is a field that is full of passion. It's so dynamic, so exciting. You can feel like a master, then find 100 things that you don't know. I'm always learning. There is no way to get bored."

16. What six ingredients are always in your pantry?

"Stock in a box, sea salt, sherry vinegar, canned black beans, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and herbs fresh from the garden."

17. What else other than nutrition do you consider when crafting a recipe?

"There are a lot of things available today that make life in the kitchen easier, like peeled onions and peeled garlic. It's important to take these things into account when writing a recipe, so that people will actually cook them and so that the success rate will be high. Cookbooks should be practical; they should be written to be cooked from."

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