John La Puma

John La Puma, chef, doctor, writer, and media personality, demonstrates just how delicious a prescription for health can be -- as he whips up a favorite culinary medicine recipe onstage.

"John La Puma has a way of bringing the science and pleasures that should come from healthy eating together on the same plate."
- Jesse Ziff Cool


Nutrition specialist, chef, author, and practicing physician John La Puma lives and works on an organic farm in Santa Barbara, California, where he grows avocados and rare citrus, makes wine from local grapes, and harvests honey. After training in internal medicine and clinical medical ethics, he attended culinary school in Chicago (part of Cordon Bleu), became the first physician to teach cooking and culinary medicine at a US medical school, and cooked professionally at Topolobampo, a Chicago-area restaurant. His CHEF Clinic is geared toward preventing and treating obesity and using food as medicine. He is the author of seven books including two New York Times Bestsellers, has appeared on countless TV shows, and currently hosts ChefMD Shorts, a series on healthy cooking and eating on PBS.


What is Culinary Medicine? Theory & Practice
Q&A + a recipe with John on the TEDMED Blog

Health Food for Foodies
Squires, K. Wall Street Journal. March 2014

Culinary Medicine: Healing Yourself With Food
Oz, M. Oct 2012

Refuel: A 24-Day Eating Plan to Shed Fat, Boost Testosterone, and Pump Up Strength and Stamina
La Puma, J. Harmony, 2013

ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine
La Puma J, Marx RM. Harmony, 2008

Cooking the RealAge Way
Roizen, MF, La Puma, J. William Morrow, 2003

Physicians and Chefs Cook Up Healthy Med School Curriculum
Osterweil N. Medscape Medical News. 2014.


The impact of lifestyle medicine continuing education on provider knowledge, attitudes, and counseling behaviors.
Dacey M, Arnstein F, Kennedy MA, Wolfe J, Phillips EM. Med Teach. 2013;35(5): e1149-56

Enhancing medical education to address obesity: "See one. Taste one. Cook one. Teach one."
Eisenberg DM, Myrdal Miller A, McManus K, Burgess J, Bernstein AM. JAMA Intern Med.