Book features healthy recipes with local flavor


Paula Deen, Rachel Ray and Sunny Anderson are all chefs known for their delicious cuisine. However, there is one chef who is making waves in the culinary field a little closer to home. 

Marion native Greta Andrews is the founder of Divine Epicure, an organization committed to educating people about healthier eating habits and the benefits of using natural foods. 

In May of 2011, Andrews published the cookbook Divine Epicure’s Recipe Book and Nutritional Guide: Healthy and Tasty Recipes for Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians through the publisher AuthorHouse

Andrews says, in her book, that eating healthy does not have to be “tasteless and boring,” but fun, filling and nutritious. “Growing up in the country, we liked flavor,” she says.

 “We have so many wonderful fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and herbs available to us that are full of great vitamins and minerals that are so delicious and beautiful,” the chef says in the first pages of her cookbook. The recipe book can be purchased from most online retailers for about $23. 

While Divine Epicure was founded in Dublin, Calif., the organization now operates out of Houston, where Andrews is serving as the president of Disciples of Love and the founder/senior pastor of The Rock Worship Center. 

Because she has had no culinary training, Andrews gives “him the glory,” referring to God. She is a devout Christian and it was while reading Genesis 1:29 – which says “there’s healing in every fruit and vegetable” – that she was inspired to begin her research into healthy eating.

Andrews also has a cooking show called Eden Healthy with Divine Epicure. The show can be viewed for free on YouTube. The show is produced by AnchoriTV

In addition to cooking, Andrews is also a practicing singer, songwriter, psalmist and author. Her single, “Make a Difference,” can be purchased from the iTunes store. 

Andrews is the mother one son and the grandmother of two. She attended Louisiana Tech University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Christian Counseling, and is now pursuing a master’s degree in the same area, according to The Rock Houston. She is also the sister of Sandra Lee, a faculty member in the Department of Mass Communication at GSU