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Arabella Forge

Author, Corporate, Personal Development, Speaking Out

Arabella Forge is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), television presenter and food writer. She is the author of the cookbook Frugavore: How to Grow Your Own, Buy Local, Waste Nothing and Eat Well (Black Inc 2010) which has been published and distributed throughout Australia and the USA. Arabella presents a regular segment on food and gardening for Channel 10’s Love to Share Food and is a spokesperson for The Markets of Melbourne.

She also writes a regular restaurant review and food column for The Melbourne Review and (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times and Brisbane Times) and is a speaker at food events and slow food forums.

Arabella is passionate about all issues relating to food, nutrition and global food politics. She has a family history of farming and loves getting her hands dirty and connecting directly to the source of her food. She is also a passionate gardener, chook keeper and a very proud mum.

Where were you born?

I was born in Melbourne and grew up in the inner-suburbs. I was lucky enough to have a slightly eccentric mother who allowed us to have several chickens and other wild animals in the backyard. We grew up enjoying most of our own produce and cooking all our own food.

What are you passionate about?

I would like to see more people eating real food – that is, non-processed foods that have been sourced locally and prepared at home.

Eating good food is one of life’s most simple and beautiful pleasures. And good nutrition is a key factor to improve health and increase longevity.

Yet sadly, eating a healthy diet has become challenging and confusing for most people, which should not be the case. My mission is to reconnect people to the joys of eating – to show them that it doesn’t cost the earth, and shouldn’t take all day to prepare a healthy meal.

Haven’t I seen you before?

I have appeared on Channel 10’s The Circle, The 7pm Project and Channel 7’s Today Tonight. I’ve also spoken on 3MDR, RRR and most state ABC Radio local stations.

My book, Frugavore, has been reviewed by several print publications including The Age, The Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph, Better Homes and Gardens and The Big Issue.

Of course, you may have seen me weeding out the front of my garden, visiting my local farmers market or chasing my chooks down the street.

What other jobs have you had?

I have worked as a part-time model and television presenter. I have also scooped ice-cream, worked in retail and done a paper run to get myself through University.

During the past few years I have worked in private practice as a Dietitian and taught cooking classes at Organic Wholefoods, CERES Environmental Park and The Essential Ingredient.

Several years ago, I also taught a series of classes at Sunshine Youth Housing which focused on healthy food on a low budget. This experience was the inspiration for Frugavore.

What themes are recurring in your work?

The importance of sustainable food choices, growing your own produce and keeping chooks.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Finishing my Masters Degree in Dietetics and getting my first book published.

Where have your works been published?

Frugavore is distributed throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA.


Arabella’s talk prompted several diverse questions so people listened and applied what she said to their own situation.

We would thoroughly recommend Arabella as an engaging and thought-provoking speaker. She encouraged us to think about what we eat and where we source food and gave several useful suggestions for small changes that we can all make immediately.

—L. Artis, Oxford University Press, December 2012

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