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Tori Ritchie

I've been working in the food biz for over 25 years as a cookbook author, magazine editor, free-lance writer, and occasional TV host. My latest book is The Side Dish Handbook (2104). I teach cooking classes at Draeger's Cooking School and food writing classes at Stanford Continuing Studies. I doctor cookbook proposals, I blog, and yes, I still cook at home almost every day. And right now, I'm working towards my MFA in non-fiction writing at USF. I graduated from Stanford University with a BA in history.

Even though I trained at Tante Marie's Cooking School, completing a 9-month professional course and doing an externship at Chez Panisse Cafe, I'm proud to call myself a cook and not a chef. In my view, chefs work in restaurant kitchens and cooks work in home kitchens and there is a big difference between the two. My mission is to help home cooks.

In addition to writing and editing, I've done a lot of TV, from hosting 91 episodes (!) of Ultimate Kitchens on Food Network to leading a reality cooking show on the web called In the Kitchen with Tori Ritchie. For many years, I did a series on CBS The Early Show called the 5-Minute Cooking School with Hannah Storm. I've written and edited dozens of cookbooks; my favorites are Braises & Stews, Party Appetizers, and Cabin Cooking.

I love volunteering for Food Runners, a nonprofit that delivers food to the needy. The joy I get from giving hungry people something good to eat is the best part of my career. When I'm not in the kitchen, I’m usually on a stand-up paddle board in San Francisco bay, or in the yoga studio, or hiking my beloved Bay Area hills. If it’s a really good year, I spend part of it in Italy. Cooking is a wonderful life.