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Cynthia Graubart


Cynthia Stevens Graubart is an author, speaker, former cooking show television producer, and most-recently the co-author with Nathalie Dupree of Southern Biscuits (Gibbs-Smith 2011). Written as a detailed manual for creating the perfect biscuit, the book is filled with beautiful photography, including dozens of how-to photos showing how to mix, stir, fold, roll, and knead. Southern Biscuits shows how to make the perfect biscuit; what ingredients to use, how to cut and hand-shape the dough. Fat, skinny, crumbly, tender, moist, tall, hard, stuffed, flavored, short, tart, blousy, tiny, sweet, cheesy, or creamy—they are all in Southern Biscuits. Soon to follow in Fall 2012 is Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, 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: Quick and Easy Recipes, Smart Meal Plans, and Savvy Advice for New (and not-so-new) Moms (Meredith Books 2005), a finalist for USABookNews’ Book of the Year (2005). Combining her love of cooking and her problem-solving genius, Cynthia co-wrote The One-Armed Cook with Catherine Fliegel, deemed “the culinary version of What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” from her own experiences and challenges in the kitchen with her two children. Cynthia and her co-author Catherine Fliegel were brought together more than 18 years ago by their then 2-year-old sons in preschool, and they fostered a close family friendship. They shared many meals and holidays, generating mutual respect and admiration in the kitchen. Their writing partnership was a natural fit.

As Family Culinary Experts, Cynthia and Catherine 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 to 50,000 weekly readers. Appearing on television and radio throughout the country and lecturing and teaching in the eastern half of the United States, Cynthia has developed a dedicated audience hungry for the “how-to” of basic kitchen knowledge and techniques. Cynthia and Catherine have written their second book together, Family Mealtime: Found!, giving parents a roadmap back to the family table along with weekly menu plans, recipes, and shopping lists, awaiting publication.

After achieving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at the University of Georgia, and studying for her Master’s degree in Broadcast Management at the University of Florida, Cynthia launched her television cooking show career with Nathalie Dupree, producing Nathalie’s first national public television series “New Southern Cooking.” Traveling around the South, researching the crops and products of the region for the series, Cynthia continued for more than 10 years producing and consulting for television cooking programs, chefs, and authors known around the world. Once her children reached school age, Cynthia turned briefly to public relations, gaining valuable marketing skills that would support her future endeavors.

She is a member of IACP and has spoken at its annual conference, 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.