Donna Schwenk

Donna Schwenk is a best selling author of Cultured Food for Life and her latest book Cultured Food for Health. She is the founder of, and has a weekly radio show Cultured Food Life with Donna Schwenk on She served for 10 years as the Kansas City Chapter leader for Weston Price Foundation, a worldwide organization made up of people dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense food to the human diet through education, research, and activism. Donna teaches classes around the country to open people’s eyes to the power of cultured foods, which dramatically changed her health and the health of her family when she began making and eating them in 2002. She and her work have been featured on radio and television—including two PBS specials, Daily Mail, and in magazines including Energy Times, Vegetarian Times, and Mother Earth News.

Press for Donna & Cultured Food Life

August 21, 2012 09:15 ET

 “Cultured Food Life” Acquired by Hay House Publishing

Donna Schwenk’s Lifestyle Guide Highlights the Extraordinary Benefits of Keeping a Diet Rich in Fermented Foods

BLOOMINGTON, IN–(Marketwire – Aug 21, 2012) – Balboa Press, a division of Hay House Inc., and leading self-publisher of personal empowerment books, today announced that author Donna Schwenk’s holistic health book, “Cultured Food Life,” has been acquired for publishing by Hay House, Inc. Schwenk’s book joins a growing list of Balboa Press titles to be acquired by traditional publishers, which includes Gerry Gavin’s “Messages from Margaret,” Bronnie Ware’s “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying” and Karen Noe’s “Through the Eyes of Another.”

Donna Schwenk began working with probiotics and fermenting her own foods in 2002. “My family and I were facing serious health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome, and I was desperate for a natural solution to our problems,” said Schwenk. “After doing some research, I started fermenting foods and incorporating them into my family’s diet. The results were astounding, everyone’s health improved dramatically, and I realized that this was something I needed to share with everyone I possibly could.”

After several years of teaching cooking classes, blogging and holding seminars, Schwenk decided to write “Cultured Food Life,” and made the choice to publish it with Balboa Press. Following the advice of her marketing consultant, Schwenk attended Hay House’s “I Can Do It!” Pasadena conference and placed her book in the on-site bookstore. “Donna’s book sold out in the first day of the event, and interestingly, it was also the highest-priced title. We were astounded,” said Gail Gonzales, director of marketing at Hay House, Inc. “Donna had developed a very strong web presence on her own; she had how-to videos and very active social media accounts. She was absolutely perfect for Hay House, and if she hadn’t been at ‘I Can Do It!’, we may have never noticed.”



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Energy Times Magazine submitted and contributed two recipes. January 2013

In Vegetarian Times Magazine – July 2012

Suburban Woman Magazine – July/ Aug 2012: Pg. 58.

Mother Earth News feature excepts from Donna Schwenk’s Book Cultured Food Life  book

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