Anna Thomas
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Anna Thomas

Anna Thomas
Born (1948-07-12) July 12, 1948 (age 72)
Stuttgart, Germany
OccupationScreenwriter, film producer, writer
Gregory Nava,
(married 1975 separated 1995 - divorced 2006)
ChildrenChristopher 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.[1]

Film work

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.

Thomas produced A Time of Destiny for Columbia Pictures in 1988 and worked for the studio on a few writing jobs.

She returned to the independent film world in 1995 with My Family, a multi-generational Mexican-American family story set in East Los Angeles which Thomas co-wrote and produced.


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.[2] The book sold over one million copies.[3] 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.[4][5]


Thomas lives in Ojai, California and Los Angeles, where she continues to write screenplays and other fiction. She also teaches at the American Film Institute as a lecturer.[6]

Books written

  • The Vegetarian Epicure Alfred A. Knopf, 1972, 305 pages. ISBN 0-394-71784-8.
  • The Vegetarian Epicure, Book Two Alfred A. Knopf, 1978, 401 pages. ISBN 0-394-73415-7.
  • The New Vegetarian Epicure Alfred A. Knopf, 1996, 450 pages. ISBN 0-679-76588-3.
  • Love Soup W. W. Norton, 2009, 528 pages. ISBN 978-0-393-33257-5.

Screenwriting filmography

Award nominations

Awards won


  1. ^ Ebert, Roger Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Chicago Sun-Times, film article, December 15, 1983.
  2. ^ Delicious India Archived December 15, 2018, at the Wayback Machine. "Vegetarianism Is Here To Stay," interview with Anna Thomas.
  3. ^ "Vegetarian cookbook author Anna Thomas ladles out 'Love Soup'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  4. ^ "Meatless Monday: Anna Thomas' Revolutionary Idea -- "Vegan, Vegetarian, Omnivore"". HuffPost. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  5. ^ "Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore Takes the Stress out of Modern Dinner Parties". Portland Monthly. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  6. ^ AFI faculty biographical information page.

External links

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