The Eight Cooks Who Saved My Life

Here are snapshots of the women in Spoon Fed and links to the original articles I wrote about them.


Rachael Ray

Born: Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 1968

Most Famous For: Popularizing the 30-minute meal concept through books and a Food Network show and then jumping into super-stardom as a television personality and magazine editor. 

First Time I Saw Her: Standing in her kitchen in her house near Lake George, New York, in October 2005.

Greatest Contribution to Food: Getting a generation of Americans into the kitchen to cook.

The Lesson: Be your authentic self, no matter people think.

The Story That Inspired the Chapter: