Nava Atlas

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Nava Atlas
EducationUniversity of Michigan, B.F.A.
State University of New York at New Paltz, M.A.
  • Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbook Author
  • Artist

Nava Atlas is an American cookbook author and artist. An archive of her papers is housed in the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University.


Nava Atlas received her B.F.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1977,[1] and her M.A. degree in Art Studio in 2007 from the State University of New York at New Paltz.[2]


Atlas has written and illustrated a number of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks.[3] Her first cookbook, Vegetariana, came out in 1984,[3] and an entirely vegan edition of Vegetariana was released in 2021.[4]

Her first set of cookbooks focused on vegetarian and natural foods: The WholeFood Catalog: A complete Guide to Natural Foods (1988), American Harvest: Regional Recipes for the Vegetarian Kitchen (1991), Great American Vegetarian (1998), The Vegetarian 5- Ingredient Gourmet (2001), and The Vegetarian Family Cookbook (2004). Later, she transitioned to vegan and plant-based cookbooks: Vegan Holiday Kitchen (2011), Wild About Greens (2012), Plant Power (2014), 5-Ingredient Vegan (2019), Vegan on a Budget (2020), and Plant-Powered Protein (2020).[5]

VegNews listed Vegan Holiday Kitchen as one of the "Top 100 Vegan Cookbooks of All Time" in 2024. [6]

Book art[edit]

Atlas' work is in the collections of Brooklyn Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Wichita Art Museum.[7] She makes artists' books, often experimenting with the physical form and incorporating found materials.[7] Her works include: Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife (2009), Sluts & Studs (2008), Tomcats & Trollops (2008), (Mis)labeling Hillary (2008), Hand Jobs (2008), Deconstructing Elsie (2014), Why You Can't Get Married: an Unwedding Album (2013), The Completely-from-Scratch Steer-to-Sirloin Beef Slaughter Guide and Cookbook (2012), and Any Man Gets Tired of Toast All the Time (2007).[7] Love and Marriage (2008) is a 1950s comic book in which all the dialogue has been replaced with original text by Atlas, and installations that feature text.[8]


  1. ^ Nava Atlas and Clarissa Sligh in Conversation
  2. ^ More Than Art Books, the Books Are the Art
  3. ^ a b Kanner, Ellen. "Meatless Monday: Nava Atlas and the Art of Plant Power". Huffington Post, Oct. 27, 2014,
  4. ^ Writer Nava Atlas reflects on the (vegan) return of her cult-classic "Vegetariana" cookbook
  5. ^ List of cookbooks
  6. ^ Pointing, Charlotte (January 10, 2024). "The Top 100 Vegan Cookbooks of All Time". VegNews. Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  7. ^ a b c Isaacs, J. Susan.The Book: A Contemporary View. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 2011, p. 14.
  8. ^ "Artist's Books: Love and Marriage". University of Michigan Library website, 2017.

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