“My job is being a manager, cheerleader, salesperson and marketer for these plants that have saved my life.”
Amanda Chantal Bacon
What do you become when your mom is the CEO of a prestigious fashion empire and your dad is a musician accompanying notorious acts like Billy Idol and the art punk group Suicide?
You alchemize that business savvy with artistry. And pivot.
Such is the tale of plant alchemist and holistic heroine Amanda Chantal Bacon – a wellness entrepreneur committed to the idea that food is equal parts art and medicine; as much about pleasure as healing; and that creativity and sustenance can be one and the same.
A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute and former Food & Wine Editor at the LA Times, Amanda served apprentice duties under Suzanne Goin, the James Beard Award winning chef at the famous Luques Restaurant, who served as her mentor and inspiration behind Moon Juice, an online holistic apothecary and chain of elegant community-centric juice shops with three locations across Los Angeles that Amanda founded in 2012.
Amanda is also the author of the exquisite Moon Juice Cookbook*, and has been profiled extensively in the most prestigious publications in the world, including the New York Times Sunday Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Elle, Vogue, InStyle, and The Hollywood Reporter.
In addition, Amanda is no stranger to controversy. Last year found her square in the Internet’s vicious, vitriolic crosshairs — an experience we explore at length.
This is a conversation about Amanda’s eclectic upbringing and unique entrepreneurial path. It’s about taking control of your education and your path. It’s a conversation about self-care habits, and the power of plants to heal. And it’s about food not just as nourishment, but as an experience.
Spending time with Amanda was soothing and delightful.
I sincerely hope you enjoy the exchange.
Peace + Plants,
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Check out Amanda’s latest: The Moon Juice Cookbook: Cook Cosmically for Body, Beauty, and Consciousness*
Background, Context & Reference
- Connect with Amanda and Moon Juice: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
- Moon Juice products at: Net-A-Poerter
- The New York Times Magazine: How Amanda Chantal Bacon Perfected the Celebrity Wellness Business by Molly Young
- Vogue: Moon Juice Founder Amanda Chantal Bacon’s Top 3 Tips to Restart Your Body in 2017 by Celia Ellenberg
- Vanity Fair: Amanda Chantal Bacon of Moon Juice Makes Her Mark by Kelly Atterton
- Elle: Drinking the Moon Juice With Amanda Chantal Bacon by Piper Weiss
- The New Yorker: The Moon Juice Gospel of Self by Dana Goodyear
- Huffington Post: Here’s Gwyneth Paltrow’s $200 Moon Dust Breakfast Smoothie by Cavan Sieczkowski
- Huffington Post: Entrepreneur Series: Growing Up and Doing Business With Amanda Chantal Bacon by Marina Chetner
- Hollywood Reporter: Moon Juice Founder on Eating Healthy Fats, Creating Herb-Spiked Cocktails by Michelle Stark
- In Style: Find Out What Moon Juice Founder Amanda Chantal Bacon Packs for a Trip by Christine Whitney
- Uproxx: Can A Month On The ‘Moon Juice Diet’ Make You Into A Sacred Forest Pixie? By Estelle Laure
- Eater: When Will the Food World Embrace Moon Juice? by Nicola Fumo
- Inside/Out: Amanda Chantal Bacon is the founder of Moon Juice, “plant-sourced alchemy to nourish and elevate body, beauty and consciousness”
- Mini: Here’s What Moon Juice Founder Amanda Chantal Bacon Eats in a Single Day by Kate Kirby
- The Fullest: Moon Juice’s Amanda Chantal Bacon
- The Cut: Your Hate Only Makes Amanda Chantal Bacon Stronger by Jessica Pressler
- Taste: Questions for Amanda Chantal Bacon From a Former Moon Juice Skeptic by Ally-Jane Grossan
- Marketplace: From Adaptogens to Power Dust, a look at Moon Juice by Lizzie O’Leary and Hayley Hershman
- YouTube: Wanderlust | Amanda Chantal Bacon: Feasting in Health
- YouTube: Racked | Amanda Chantal Bacon on Why She Founded Moon Juice
- YouTube: The Fullest | Amanda Chantal Bacon: Just Ask
- YouTube: Tienlyn | Beauty from the Inside Out: In the Kitchen with Moon Juice
Notable People Discussed
- Chantal Bacon: (Amanda’s mom), former model and CEO of Betsey Johnson
- Arianna Huffington: HuffPost founder, CEO and founder of Thrive Global and podcast guest
- Pam Krauss: publisher, Pam Krauss Books; editor, Avery at Penguin Random House
- Betsey Johnson: iconic fashion designer
- Billy Idol: 70’s / 80’s punk rocker musician
- Rudolf Steiner: philosopher, social reformer, architect and esotericist
- Alice Waters: chef, author, food activist, and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse
- Suzanne Goin: chef, owner of Lucques
- Darin Olien: author, traveller, super-food hunter, Superlife founder and (2x) podcast guest
- Gwenyth Paltrow: actress, singer, food writer and founder of Goop
- Doug Evans: Founder and Chairman of juicero and podcast guest
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