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Nancy Montuori

Ordinary Vegan

Nancy Montuori was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts. For 23 years, she worked for Warner Bros Records, helping develop the careers of multiple music artist icons including Joni Mitchell and Prince. In 2011, a serendipitous event changed her life. She went to see a movie called “Forks Over Knives” and left that movie convinced of the connection between animal protein and chronic disease. From that moment on, Nancy devoted her life to trying to help others live a long and healthy life with a plant-based diet. Through her podcast, Ordinary Vegan, her website, and her social media, Ordinary Vegan became a beacon for those seeking health and wellness. Nancy just released her new book “The Easy 5-Ingredient Vegan Cookbook.”

Company Profiles

What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why?

When Things Fall Apart - Pema Chodron

When You Feel Overwhelmed Or Unfocused, Or Have Lost Your Focus Temporarily, What Do You Do?

I take a forest bath. There is nothing better for the soul than nature therapy.

In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

Meditation daily

If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — what would it say and why?

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls - Joseph Campbell

How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?

When I left my hometown of Boston.

What is the most significant thing that someone much younger than yourself has taught you?

Greta Thunberg - "I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is."

Tell us about your business. What does it do and what value do you add?

I advocate a plant-based diet for health & wellness, the health of the planet & for animal welfare.

What is a 'hack' you have for success that most people don't know about?

Always be kind and humble.

What one song can you listen to every day non-stop?

American Girl - Tom Petts

How has Covid-19 changed your industry?

It has made us rethink sickness and health and is inspiring people to eat healthier.

What's something exciting you're currently working on/learning that only a few people know about?

My new book

What's your star sign?


What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

The false myth that there is not enough protein in a vegan diet.

What's your favourite vegan meal?

My vegan no-beef stew

What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?

A plant-based nutrition course from Cornell.

What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore?

Follow your bliss.

What careers advice would you give to your 21-year old self?

Don't change a thing.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?


Tell us about someone you admire and why you admire them?

Dr. T. Colin Campbell because even when he faced the harshest critics, he never waivered

How has Covid-19 changed your company?

I believe Covid 19 has started a wellness revolution and the Ordinary Vegan Podcast listenership is now exponentially higher.

What's your favourite holiday destination?


What's your favourite vegetable?

Too many to choose from!

What's your favourite colour?


Are you vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian or something else entirely?


What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Tofu scramble with mushrooms and salsa

About the Author


Heather Wilkinson is a globe-trotting content creator and PR enthusiast who’s finally put down roots in her native UK. When she isn’t working, you’ll find her pretending to care about Minecraft for her son’s sake, while secretly reading the latest Ace Atkins novel (or sleeping – her second favourite past-time).