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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Art Smith  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

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Art lives in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

Biographical and Professional Information

A native of Jasper, Florida, Art studied at the Florida State University School of Business. He began his career with two internships at The Greenbrier Resort and was then selected to attend the prestigious Walt Disney Magic Kingdom College Program. Following graduation, Art took a position working at the Florida Governor’s Mansion where he worked as executive chef for Governor Bob Graham, now a U.S. senator, and his wife Adele.Art is a contributing editor to O, the Oprah Magazine and the Food section of Oprah.com and has appeared several times on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” In 2003 Art established Common Threads, a nonprofit organization based on his passionate belief that families (whether a family by blood or a family of friends) all share an innate desire to care for each other, regardless of culture, race or geographic location.


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Titles At Your Library

Back to the Table: The Reunion of Food and Family
ISBN: 0786868546

Hyperion. 2001

Art Smith is Oprah Winfreys personal chef.Smith provides readers with an array of mouth-watering recipes that represent the very best of home cooking.He also discusses how to set the table in a way that gives reverence to the food and the guests

how various cultures give blessings before a meal

how different kinds of foods and dishes can contribute to an atmosphere of family unity

and so much more! Back to the Table is illustrated throughout with stunning photos of the food and of people sharing their tables, and their lives. He has cooked professionally for the families of celebrities and heads-of-state for almost 20 years.

Kitchen Life: Real Food For Real Families -- Even Yours!
ISBN: 1401307736

Hyperion. 2004

The indispensable new cookbook for today's busy families from the New York Times bestselling author of Back to the Table.

From James Beard Awardwinning chef Art Smith comes a book that gives readers more than 150 simple and delicious ways to feed -- and enrich -- their families.

in Back to the Table, Art Smith, the New York Times bestselling author and personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, showed readers how to gather at the table to celebrate special occasions with food. In his new book, Kitchen Life, Smith shows today's busy families an altogether new approach to everyday dining by staying ahead of the mealtime jam while learning to prepare simpler, more satisfying meals. This is a Practical, indispensable book that America's busy families can turn to every day of the year.

Kitchen Life's unique organization and tools teach readers to identify what type of cook they are, based on how they eat, shop, and manage their hectic schedules. Divided into helpful sections, it demonstrates how to:

--Create more efficient and comprehensive kitchen pantries
--Simplify and organize for cooking efficiently
--Create weekly menus

It also offers solutions to "real-life" family case studies based on actual examples drawn from people in everyday situations -- from working, stay-at-home, and single parents to families with teenagers or a new baby in the house.

Interactive questionnaires will help readers evaluate their own individual cooking style and then tailor recipes and meal plans to make their kitchen life easier than ever.

At the heart of Kitchen Life are more than 150 of Smith's delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes from snacks, soups, and salads to casseroles and desserts, including: Art's Macaroni and Cheese Soup, Taverna Pasta Salad with Roast Lamb, Curry-Crusted Cornish Hens with Red Peppers, Chili Shepherd's Pie, and Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Back to the Family: Food Tastes Better Shared With Ones You Love
ISBN: 1401602894

Rutledge Hill Pr. 2007

Back to the Family is a companion to Art Smith's New York Times bestseller and James Beard award-winning cookbook, Back to the Table. Smith is the personal chef to Oprah Winfrey and a contributing editor to O Magazine.

This book encourages readers to better understand the importance of valuing the ones you love through cooking and communing with food. Most importantly Back to the Family stresses the importance of recognizing old food traditions (family recipes, meals, memories, etc.) and the equal importance of creating new and healthier food traditions. More than 150 recipes and more than 140 photographs provide a wonderful evocative eating and reading experience.