Bio and Press

Alissa Cohen is a leading authority on whole health and vibrant living. An internationally recognized author, speaker, and educator, Alissa has been living a holistic lifestyle and teaching others how to do the same since 1986. As a teacher, she is known to connect with the hearts and minds of her students while teaching people the secret to elevating every area of their lives.

Alissa has studied extensively in the healing arts as a practicing polarity therapist, cranio-sacral therapist, regression therapist, relationship and tantra coach, shaman, herbalist, nutritionist, homoeopath, fitness trainer, phoenix rising yoga therapist, transformational breath facilitator and more.

Alissa first gained an international reputation for her books and courses, distributed through the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, South Korea and many other parts of the world

Alissa’s first book, Living on Live Food, first published in 2004, is now in its eighth edition, and is considered by many an essential and indispensable how-to guide. 


Her second book, Raw Food for Everyone, was released in 2010 from Penguin Publishing. The recipes in this book are taken from Alissa’s restaurants, Grezzo, where they saw widespread popularity.

Her books and programs catapulted her into the international limelight, landing her an appearance on the Today show, The Tyra Banks show, an “Ask Alissa” column and a worldwide following that looks to her for healthy living advice and self-development. Since appearing on NBC’s Today show, Alissa has appeared on numerous television and radio shows as well as magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad.

At 54 years old, Alissa has been promoting inner awareness and a healthy diet for most of her life. Though her passion for food and fitness has helped thousands of people achieve fantastic health, her deeply rooted background in spiritual therapies has been woven into the structure of all of her teachings, and remains the foundation for Alissa’s life changing events. Over the last thirty years, numerous people have been touched by Alissa’s special brand of lifestyle enrichment.