Sara Moulton

Sara Moulton
Born February 19, 1952 (1952-02-19) (age 59)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Education University of Michigan (1974)
Culinary Institute of America (1977)
Spouse Bill Adler
Official website

Sara Moulton (born February 19,[1] 1952) is an American chef, cookbook author and television personality.

Moulton is a food editor for Good Morning America, a morning news and talk show broadcast on the ABC television network. For twenty years, she was the chef of the executive dining room at Gourmet until the magazine's publisher, Condé Nast Publications, announced on October 5, 2009, that the magazine was ceasing publication.

She is the host of Sara’s Weeknight Meals on PBS, a public-television network.

Between 1996 and 2005, Moulton hosted Cooking Live, Cooking Live Primetime and Sara's Secrets on the Food Network, becoming one of the original stars of that cable- and satellite-television channel during its first decade.

She is the author of several cookbooks and videos including Sara Moulton Cooks at Home (2002), Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals (2005) and Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners (2010).

Moulton was one of the founders, in 1982, of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance.


Early life and education

Moulton was born in New York City, New York, and attended The Brearley School in Manhattan, a borough of New York City.

The idea of channeling her childhood passion for food into a career did not occur to her until after she graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan,[2] with a major in the history of ideas in 1974.

She enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York[3] in 1975 and graduated with highest honors in 1977, winning a scholarship from Les Dames D'Escoffier in the process.


Moulton began working in restaurants immediately, first in Boston, Massachusetts, and then in New York City, taking off time only for a postgraduate apprenticeship with Master Chef Maurice Cazalis of the Henri IV Restaurant in Chartres, France, in 1979. She also served as a chef tournant at La Tulipe, a restaurant in New York City in the early 1980s.

In 1982, Moulton co-founded the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance,[4] a still-functioning "old girl’s network" designed to help women working in the culinary field.

In the interest of starting a family, Moulton left restaurant work and began devoting herself instead to recipe testing and development. She worked for two years as an instructor at Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now known as the Institute of Culinary Education), where she discovered her love of teaching.

In 1984, Moulton took a job in the test kitchen at Gourmet.[5] Four years later she became chef of the magazine’s executive dining room.

Moulton’s television career began in 1979, when she was hired to work behind the scenes on Julia Child & More Company, a program on PBS. Her friendship with Child led eventually to Moulton’s job at Good Morning America,[6] where what started as another behind-the-scenes position ripened in 1997 into on-camera work.

By then Moulton had begun hosting the Food Network’s Cooking Live. Six years and over 1,200 hour-long shows later, Cooking Live ended on March 31, 2002.[7] Sara’s Secrets began the next day.[8] "Other TV chefs may own famous restaurants and perform with theatrical flair," said TV Guide'’s Herma Rosenthal, “But Moulton’s the one you can actually picture popping over to help you fix the lumpy gravy or the fallen soufflé."[9]

Sara Moulton Cooks at Home, published by Broadway Books in October 2002, was[10] meant to counter America’s disastrous love affair with fast food by encouraging everyone to cook delicious and healthy food at home and to dine with family and friends.[11] “While rooted in classic French technique, the book also accommodates the American hunger for convenience, novelty and freshness,” wrote Mike Dunne for The Sacramento Bee.[12]

Moulton’s second cookbook, Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals, was published by Broadway Books in October 2005. It was reviewed by Michelle Green in People magazine, who wrote: "Sara has a gift for creating quick, accessible fine cuisine. Why suffer to make a gorgeous meal?"[13]

In 2008, Sara’s Weeknight Meals, based on Moulton’s second book, débuted on public television.[14]

Moulton's third cookbook, "Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners," was published by Simon & Schuster in April 2010.[15] Blogging for StoveTop Readings in November of 2010, Greg Mowery wrote: “If there is a less pretentious, more accessible, and creative cookbook that gets great food on the table in good time with the least amount of fuss, I haven’t seen it this year….This new book belongs in every family kitchen.”[16]


In 2001 Moulton was the Culinary Institute of America's Chef of the Year.[17]

In 2002 Moulton was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.[18]

In 2011 "Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners" was an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Awards Winner in the category of Children, Youth and Family.[19]

Personal life

Moulton lives in New York City with her husband and two children.




External links

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