Review: Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef’s Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness by Cat Cora


Remarkably candid, compulsively readable, renowned chef Cat Cora’s no-holds-barred memoir on Southern life, Greek heritage, same-sex marriage, and the meals that have shaped her memories.

Cat Cora’s memoir is brutally forthright. I enjoyed learning about her as the chances of us becoming besties is slim to none so this was my shot at an up close and personal glimpse into the daughter, woman, chef, wife, mother.

Cat takes you through her childhood in Mississippi through her current days in lovely Santa Barbara California. Reflecting on her early years in the kitchen, Iron Chef to current status we are privy to her well-earned and deserved accomplishments. No doubt her admitted stubbornness, determination and endless talent provided her much success in the male dominated field.

Cat shares her challenges, insecurities, missteps with all honesty. As a reader I admired the obstacles she overcame and her willingness to forgive with an open heart. Despite her triumphs she comes across with humility, a generous heart noted.

Interesting to learn of this food icon, her story surprised me, I closed the cover admiring her strength as she navigated life, finding herself and with decidedness carved out a place of respect in the male dominated culinary world.


•Hardcover, 256 pages
•Expected publication: September 15th 2015 by Scribner
•ISBN13: 9781476766140


One thought on “Review: Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef’s Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness by Cat Cora

  1. i think we’ve seen from other celebrity cook’s memories that life in the kitchens can be brutal. it’s a very male dominated environment so she would have to be incredibly strong to rise through that


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