Known for his cookbooks Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed (published in 2003) and The Inspired Vegan: Seasonal Ingredients, Creative Recipes, Mouthwatering Menus (2012), Terry also penned a TheRoot.com column titled "Eco-Soul Kitchen."
After earning a bachelor's degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and a master's degree in history from New York University, he trained at New York's Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts.
In the early 2000s, he established a program called Build Healthy Eating and Lifestyles to Help Youth (also known as b-healthy!) and also hosted a television series titled The Endless Feast.
He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and he later lived in New Orleans, Louisiana and New York, New York.
He and French chef Jacques Pepin both published recipes and articles in Food & Wine magazine.