Eddie Garza is Senior Manager of Food & Nutrition for the Humane Society of the United States and is a leading figure in the movement to reform food systems in Latino communities. He’s a sought-after speaker, culinary coach, published writer, and thought leader on issues related to Latino health, and has lectured and presented at top universities, public school forums, and major interactive conferences, including SXSW, the Texas Association for School Nutrition and ExpoSer in Mexico City’s World Trade Center.
Garza has collaborated with some of the nation’s largest school districts and higher education institutions to develop and implement innovative plant-based meal programs, and has conducted culinary trainings and ideations for major hospitals, restaurant groups, culinary schools, and public school systems in regions with high Hispanic populations.
Like many Chicano kids, Eddie struggled with serious weight problems, reaching a whopping 310 pounds by the time he was in his early 20s. It was when Eddie started transitioning to a plant-centric diet in 2001 that he was able to naturally lose over 150 pounds, reverse his declining health and start a new life.
Garza and his work have been featured by a wide variety of major media outlets in the United States and Mexico, including CNN, TV Azteca, Fox News Latino, MVS Televisión, World TV, Latin Times, and Telemundo.
As a leading voice on health and nutrition, author and vegan chef Eddie Garza had to share his 150 reasons and healthier ways to enjoy delicious Mexican fare without animal ingredients with his latest book ¡Salud! Vegan Mexican Cookbook (available in Amazon). The book takes a healthy twist on 150 mouthwatering and classic Mexican recipes, already endorsed by many celebrities and important leaders, such as Maria Celeste Arraras, Patricia de Leon, Adriana Martin, Ingrid Macher, Pablo Azar, among others.