Dr. P.K. Newby, ScD, MPH, MS (“The Nutrition Doctor”) is a Harvard-trained scientist, gastronome, entrepreneur, and author with more than twenty years of experience researching diet-related diseases; studying how people make food choices; and teaching students and the public about why what we eat matters, farm to fork. Her passion for nutrition stems from a life-long love affair with food developed from whipping up fabulous dishes in her own kitchen and working in the restaurant industry for ten years, including two as a cook in a vegetarian café. She was one of the “best undiscovered cooks” and last woman standing with Nigella Lawson on ABC’s The Taste (2014-2015), where she created globally inspired, plant-based cuisine.
Newby spends most of her time today writing, speaking, cooking, and educating to help build a healthier, more sustainable world, one delectable bite at a time. Always enthusiastic and ever inspiring in the classroom and beyond, she is a thought leader who speaks locally, nationally, and internationally on all things food and nutrition, person to planet. A recent highlight includes a talk on American Food 2.0 and the future of food in Milan, Italy, the 2015 world’s fair dedicated to “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” She also consults regularly and has participated on the Private and Public, Scientific, Academic and Consumer Food Policy Group (PAPSAC) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University since 1999.
Newby recently authored Superfoods, a National Geographic special edition magazine featuring a five of her favorite plant-based, globally inspired recipes (2016) and coauthored Foods for Health: Choose and Use the Very Best Foods for Your Family and Our Planet (National Geographic, 2014). She is a contributor at Zester Daily, an online publication promoting dialogue about what we eat and drink, and communicates with the public on her own blog, Cooking & Eating the PK Way. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition at Harvard, where she is an award-winning educator (Teaching Innovator Award, 2015-2016) for her class Food, Nutrition, Environment, and Health: The Science of Why What We Eat Matters, one of the most popular courses in the Environmental Sciences program. She is currently working on her next books to inspire people to live their healthiest lives, deliciously.