Joanne Molinaro is a Korean American woman, born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is a trial lawyer at a large law firm, where she has been practicing law for her entire career. Joanne has also been writing poetry and prose since middle school. Her writing appears in the following publications: Side B Magazine, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and The Mashup Americans.
Joanne adopted a plant based diet in January 2016 and began The Korean Vegan as a passion project later that year. Since then, her recipes have been featured in Thrive Magazine and in 2017, she appeared on the hit Food Network show “Cooks vs. Cons” as the only female and vegan contestant. She has also given cooking demonstrations, participated in fundraising events for North Korean refugees, and been invited to be the keynote guest speaker for the Korean Women’s International Network 2018 Conference.
Joanne is also an avid runner and self-described “fitness freak.” She ran her first marathon in 2017 and has run three more since then.