Pete Evans is an internationally renowned chef, author, restauranteur and television presenter. Pete’s career in food began at the young age of 19, when he began opening numerous award winning restaurants across the United States. He also had the honour of cooking for special guests like the Prince and Princess of Denmark and a private dinner for Martha Stewart, amongst others. After such great success, Pete Evans evolved into a star of TV as well, with his appearances on shows like Lifestyle Channel’s Home Show, Postcards From Home, Moveable Feast and many more. Pete Evans has over 10 bestselling cookbooks, with the mission of inspiring the general public to cook great tasting, healthy food. He is known for his advocacy for the Paleo way of living and eating, which paved the way for his belief that food can be medicinal. Pete’s focus seems to be very much on changing the lives of the people around him, putting his certification in health coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to good use. I was excited to get the chance to talk books with someone as inspirational as Pete. Please enjoy my interview with the wonderful Pete Evans…
When someone asks you ‘what do you do for a living?’ – How do you respond?
I simply respond that I breathe, eat & drink, sleep, play, love, learn and teach day in and day out.
I’m reading A Mind Of Your Own by Dr Kelly Brogan, a brilliant book on how diet and lifestyle and not pharmaceutical drugs can help with depression and anxiety.
What’s your earliest memory of reading?
Reading the Dr Seuss books are my fondest memories of reading as a child and he is as important now as he was when I was a child and my own children have read his works.
If you could encourage young people to read one book in particular, what would it be?
I would rather encourage them to write their own book on any topic that inspires them and keep a journal of their life.
What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
All jobs teach us something about ourselves, so I never look at a job as being bad, but an opportunity to grow.
Do you read as much as you’d like to?
I believe we need to find balance in our lives and reading is no doubt a very important and pleasurable thing to do and I would say I read about 1-2 hours a day which is enough for me as I love to balance that with cooking, playing, loving, moving, learning, teaching, eating, sleeping.
What books do you feel are important reading for people on your career path?
I would recommend anyone that is interested in food and health to start with 2 very important books, the first is The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Kieth and the second would be Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas.
Is there a book that you’ve read more than once? What is it and why did you revisit it?
The Truth Of Love And Fear by Rudy Echkardt is a brilliant book on how to live in complete freedom.
The book I wrote with my dear friend Helen Padarin called The Complete Gut Health Cookbook – it has many answers for people to live a dis-EASE free life!
What’s your favourite genre of book?
What do you think a world without books would be like?
I think we would adapt and once again become verbal story tellers like our ancestors, but books is where it is at and something totally removed from mainstream media news.
Is there an author whose writing you’re such a fan of, that you’ll read everything they release?
As mentioned Stephen King and Tolkien, and I also like Matthew Reilley.
Do you think digital books will ever completely replace real books?
I do about half and half digital and paperback – I am happy with both and think both have a place in today’s world and in the future.
What book do you feel humanity needs right now?
I believe The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins is a must read across the globe for all humans to understand that we have love, compassion and understanding with or without religion and that religion may be something that people can CHOOSE to follow if they like when they are of an age suitable to make their own decisions.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho touched me deeply as a youngster and I love the journey that we are all on.
Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list?
What books or subject matter do you plan on reading in the next year?
I have about 20 books lined up at the moment to get stuck into, and I am fascinated by intention.
If you were to write an autobiography – what would it be called?
A Work In Progress.