|Born||July 12, 1948|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, film producer, writer|
(married 1975 separated 1995 - divorced 2006)
|Children||Christopher and Teddy|
Anna Thomas (born July 12, 1948) is a film screenwriter, film producer and the author of The Vegetarian Epicure, which contributed to the rise of the vegetarian movement of the 1970s.
While at the film school at UCLA Thomas wrote, produced and directed her master's thesis film, a dramatic feature titled The Haunting of M, a turn of the century ghost story, shot in Scotland. It was well received by film critics and shown at festivals and art houses.
In 1973, Thomas worked with fellow film student Gregory Nava on his master's thesis film, a dramatic feature set in the Middle Ages, The Confessions of Amans. It was the beginning of a writing collaboration that has spanned more than two decades.
In 1984, Thomas co-wrote and produced El Norte with Nava directing. The film was a critical success. Thomas and Nava were nominated for an Academy Award and the film collected honors at various film festivals. In 1995, it was elected to the National Film Registry for the Library of Congress.
While at college, she also wrote her first cookbook, The Vegetarian Epicure (Knopf, 1972). The book became a success and is acknowledged as the book that brought pleasure to vegetarian cooking. The book sold over one million copies. A few years later she wrote her second book, The Vegetarian Epicure, Book Two (Knopf, 1978). Both books have been translated into several languages, sold in the millions in their various editions, and have remained in print.
In 1996, Thomas wrote The New Vegetarian Epicure, also published as From Anna's Kitchen, a menu-based cookbook with a new collection of recipes. In 2009, Love Soup was published, and in 2016, Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore.