Writer, photographer, author of thirteen cookbooks and the Herb Series of Handbooks, Pat Crocker is a foodie who loves her work as a culinary herbalist and wonders, “With what other job could one wander alone in beautiful gardens, eat exquisite food, and then tell others about those pleasures?” A Home Economist (BAA, BEd), specializing in herbs and healthy foods, Pat has been growing, photographing, teaching, and writing about herbs, herb gardens, food, and healthy diets for over three decades. She is an entertaining speaker at international conventions and is a seasoned media guest. Pat has been a contributing editor of The Herb Companion and her articles have appeared in the Toronto Star, The Ottawa Sun Times, Natural Home Magazine, Open Magazine and Health Naturally.
Pat is the recipient of the Gertrude B. Foster Award for Excellence in Herbal Literature from the Herb Society of America and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Herb Industry from the International Herb Association. A bestselling author, her books have won international acclaim, including Best in the World from Gourmand International World Cookbook Awards for Vegan Cook's Bible and Best English Health Book for The Juicing Bible (400,000 copies in print). Pat is past president of the Ontario Herbalists’ Association and both the Toronto and the Ontario Home Economics Association. She actively participates in the Herb Society of America, the International Herb Association, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Cuisine Canada, the Culinary Historians of Canada, and the (Toronto) Women’s Culinary Network. Pat shares a studio/art gallery in Neustadt, Ontario with her husband.