Sara Moulton Born February 19, 1952
New York City, New York, U.S.
Education University of Michigan (1974)
Culinary Institute of America (1977)
Spouse Bill Adler Official website saramoulton.com
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.
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
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, with a major in the history of ideas in 1974.
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, 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.
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, 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. Sara’s Secrets began the next day. "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."
Sara Moulton Cooks at Home, published by Broadway Books in October 2002, was 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. “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.
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?"
In 2008, Sara’s Weeknight Meals, based on Moulton’s second book, débuted on public television.
Moulton's third cookbook, "Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners," was published by Simon & Schuster in April 2010. 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.”
In 2001 Moulton was the Culinary Institute of America's Chef of the Year.
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.
Moulton lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
- Moulton, Sara; Anderson, Jean (2000). The Good Morning America Cut the Calories Cookbook — 120 Delicious Low-Fat, Low-Calorie Recipes from Our Viewers. Hyperion Books (New York City, New York). ISBN 9780786861637.
- Moulton, Sara; Pierce, Charles (2002). Sara Moulton Cooks at Home. Broadway Books (New York City, New York). ISBN 9780767907705.
- Moulton, Sara; Hayes, Joanne Lamb (2005). Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals. Broadway Books (New York City, New York). ISBN 9780767916592.
- Moulton, Sara (2010). Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners. Simon & Schuster (New York City, New York). ISBN 1439102511.
- Moulton, Sara; Food and Beverage Institute (Culinary Institute of America); Culinary Institute of America (1999?). Great Chefs Series with Sara Moulton. Food and Beverage Institute (Hyde Park, New York). ISBN 9781583151952 (VHS format).
- Moulton, Sara; Hallquist, Gary; Prime Time Video Productions; Johnson & Wales University (2000). Chef Sara Moulton. Prime Time Video Productions (Providence, Rhode Island). OCLC 54841683 (VHS format).
- Moulton, Sara; Flay, Bobby; Deen, Paula H.; Ray, Rachael; Food Network. (2003). Cooking from the Grill. Food Network (New York City, New York). OCLC 156995722 (DVD format).
- Moulton, Sara; Food Network (2004). Sara's Secrets with Sara Moulton — Celebrating the Holidays. Food Network (New York City, New York). OCLC 62411039 (DVD format).
- Moulton, Sara; Food Network (2004). Sara's Secrets with Sara Moulton — Effortless Entertaining Food Network (New York City, New York). OCLC 62411686 (DVD format).
- Moulton, Sara; Food Network (2006). Sara's Secrets with Sara Moulton — Celebrating the Holidays. Food Network (New York City, New York). OCLC 173282680 (DVD format). (reissue, with additional material, of 2004 release)
- Garten, Ira; Moulton, Sara; Deen, Paula H.; Food Network (2006). Holiday Best, 2006. Food Network (New York City, New York). OCLC 181746062 (DVD format).
- ^ Sara Moulton on IMDB
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- ^ Staff writer (October 5, 2004). "Sara Moulton". ABC News. Accessed January 5, 2009.
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- ^ Rosenthal, Herma TV Guide. October 5, 2002.
- ^ http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=sara+moulton&x=15&y=15
- ^ http://saramoulton.com/about.php
- ^ Dunne, Mike. The Sacramento Bee. December 25, 2002.
- ^ Green, Michelle. People. November 21, 2005.
- ^ http://www.weta.org/tv/programsatoz/program/64758
- ^ http://www.amazon.com/dp/1439102511
- ^ http://stovetopreadings.blogspot.com/2010_11_01_archive.html
- ^ "Sara Moulton Is CIA Chef Of the Year," Press release issued by the Culinary Institute of America, January 25, 2001.
- ^ http://www.jamesbeard.org/index.php?q=node/100
- ^ http://eater.com/archives/2011/06/03/iacp-cookbook-awards-2011.php
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