Anna Thomas

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Anna Thomas
Born (1948-07-12) July 12, 1948 (age 75)
Stuttgart, Germany
  • Screenwriter
  • film producer
  • Cookbook author
Notable workThe Vegetarian Epicure (1972)

Anna Thomas (born July 12, 1948) is a German-born American author, screenwriter, and film producer. She is best known as the author of the 1972 vegetarian cookbook The Vegetarian Epicure, which contributed to the rise of the vegetarian movement of the 1970s. She is currently discipline head of the Screenwriting department at the American Film Institute.[1]

Anna Thomas wrote The Vegetarian Epicure (1972) while still a film student at UCLA. It had a strong impact on the natural foods movement within the American counterculture.[2][3]

She made The Haunting of M, her thesis film for her master's degree, in Scotland. It was well received by film critics as well as shown at film festivals and art houses.[4]



  • The Vegetarian Epicure, Alfred A. Knopf, 1972, 305 pages
  • The Vegetarian Epicure, Book Two, Alfred A. Knopf, 1978, 401 pages
  • The New Vegetarian Epicure, Alfred A. Knopf, 1996, 450 pages
  • Vegetarian and Vegan'
  • Love Soup, W.W. Norton & Company, 2009, 528 pages
  • Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore: Dinner for Everyone at the Table, W.W. Norton & Company, 2016, 496 pages

Screenwriting filmography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]




  1. ^ AFI faculty biographical information page.
  2. ^ Kauffman, Jonathan (2018). Hippie Food: How Back-To-The-Landers, Longhair, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat. Harper Collins. ISBN 9780062437303.
  3. ^ Belasco, Warren (2007). Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took on The Food Industry. Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0801473296.
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Chicago Sun-Times, film article, December 15, 1983.
  5. ^ James Beard Foundation Nomination
  6. ^ a b IMDB Awards and Nominations
  7. ^ James Beard Foundation Award

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