Based in Portugal, MAFALDA PINTO LEITE has been researching, cooking, writing, and teaching about food, organic beauty, and health for the last fifteen years. Mafalda attended school for health-focused culinary education at The Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC (expertise in the areas of Food Therapy, Culinary Nutrition, Sustainable Farming, Raw and Living Foods, Food Entrepreneurship and Writing for Food Media). In 2000, she graduated as a Certified Culinary Chef and Nutritional Practitioner. An avid plant-based chef, she has spent the last fifteen years creating delectable recipes from foods in her kitchen and herbs from her garden. She has published 7 best-selling cookbooks in Europe, has a popular cooking show, and is a Certified Health Coach in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.