Jacquelyn Ottman is a native New Yorker and an advocate for zero food waste. A scratch cook since childhood, she is the author of three self-published books on her personal culinary history: “Ottman and Company: Meatpacking District Pioneers” (2022), the story of her family’s NYC meat purveying firm with roots to NYC's Fulton Market in 1850; “Family Gatherings: Five Recipes from Five Generations” (2000); and "Connecting from a Quarantine Kitchen: My Shelter Island Pandemic Story" (2020).

She is currently working on a food waste advocacy book aimed at activating food influentials to help inspire and educate home cooks and chefs to successfully transform what’s left from yesterday’s dinner into something new and special.

In her 'past life', she pioneered the field of green marketing, advised numerous Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. EPA and USDA on strategies for green marketing. She authored several best selling books on the subject.

She is a immediate past chair, Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board, and founding editor of WeHateToWaste.com.

Other Works

  • Connecting from a Quarantine Kitchen: My Shelter Island Pandemic Story

  • If Trash Could Talk: Stories, Musings and Poems

  • The New Rules of Green Marketing: Strategies, Tools and Inspiration for Sustainable Branding


Awards and Recognition

  • Her book, The New Rules of Green Marketing, was named one of the top 40 sustainability books of the year by Cambridge University (UK).