Ann Crile Esselstyn

Ann Crile Esselstyn

Ann Crile Esselstyn graduated from Smith College and received a master’s degree in education from Wheelock College. She taught English and some history for 27 years and was a field hockey coach for 15 years. Ann won the Hostatler Award for outstanding teacher in 1963.

She stopped teaching in 2000 to focus on creating delicious and healthy recipes to prevent and reverse heart disease, and counseling patients with her husband Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn on how to follow a plant-based diet.

Through the years she juggled four children, teaching, and figuring out plant-based, oil-free ways to cook. Ann developed the recipes for the New York Times Best Seller, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease and in 2014 she wrote The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook with her daughter Jane Esselstyn.