Cynthia Stevens Graubart is a James Beard Award winning author, speaker, former cooking show television producer, and most-recently the co-author with Nathalie Dupree of Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking (James Beard Award 2013; Gibbs-Smith 2012), as well as the best-selling Southern Biscuits (Gibbs-Smith 2011), also co-written with Nathalie Dupree.
Cynthia emerged as an expert in her own right with the publication of her first book, The One-Armed Cook: How to make dinner with a baby on your hip, hailed as “the culinary version of What to Expect When You’re Expecting.”
She created the weekly food e-newsletter for Nickelodeon’s on-line parenting portal, ParentsConnect, providing readers with recipes and a shopping list for the week, tripling the readership in less than four months.
Cynthia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia, and studied for her Master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Florida. Cynthia launched her television cooking show career producing Nathalie’s first national public television series “New Southern Cooking,” and continued for more than 10 years producing and consulting for television cooking programs, chefs, and authors known around the world.
Cynthia is passionate about food – from researching its origins, writing recipes, teaching technique, to bringing families together at the table. . She appears on television and radio and has developed a dedicated audience hungry for the “how-to” of basic kitchen knowledge and techniques. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and has spoken at its annual conference. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI) and has served on the board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. She and her husband, Cliff, who owns the Old New York Book Shop, regularly travel to book festivals and host book store owners as well as authors on a regular basis in their Atlanta home. Their two children are away at college, causing her to adjust to the new reality of cooking for two – great research for her next book, Slow Cooking for Two: The Basics coming August 2013.