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Born to embark on this culinary adventure, Cat is an acclaimed chef raised by Greek restauranteurs in Jackson, Miss. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she's worked with top chefs in New York, Napa Valley, San Francisco and France, and studied with two of France's three-star Michelin chefs.
She's delighted to fuse the flavors of the Mediterranean with the southern spices of her youth.
Cat Cora was raised in a small Greek-American community in Jackson, Mississippi, where she Learned to love both her Southern and Greek heritages, especially the food. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Cat has worked with such notable chefs as Anne Rosenzweig and Larry Forgione, as well as in France with 3-star Michelin chefs Georges Blanc and Roger Verge. After stints at several restaurants, Cat was chef de cuisine at Napa Valley's Bistro Don Giovanni and went on to be executive chef and partner of Postino in Lafayette, California. Cat is regularly featured on the Fine Living Network and on the Food Network. She has written a column for the Contra Costa Times called "Cooking from the Hip" and teaches cooking classes all over the Bay Area. She lives with her family in Northern California.
Family and friends gathered around a table; good food, good company-what could be better? Join Cat Cora in the kitchen for meals and memories to share and remember. Cat's food, which has been featured on the Food Network and the Fine Living Network, is simple and honest. Inspired by her Greek heritage and her roots in the American South, honed by her experiences in restaurants in France, New York, and California, her dishes shine with flavor. Tempt your guests' palates with a morsel of freshly baked Spanakopita, the traditional Greek favorite of spinach, dill, and feta in phyllo. If there's a chill in the air, warm up the evening with stewed chicken, redolent of wine, garlic, and cinnamon or slow-roasted pork coated with a sweet¬savory bourbon glaze. For dessert serve the intriguing Milk Pie, which features a rich vanilla custard topped with warm lemony syrup. And for hot summer nights, take it outside with Cat's all-grill supper: a remarkably easy showstopper including such succulent delights as grilled prawns with a tangy avgolemono sauce, lamb chops with fruited mustard, and sublime grilled stonefruits with prosciutto and cheese.
With this gorgeous cookbook in hand and Cat Cora to guide you, you'll create the sort of food that begins new family traditions-approachable, elegant dishes that will leave everyone asking for the recipe.