Aye Aye, Country Captain! Meet Chef Cynthia Graubart

Cynthia Graubart is a food writer, James Beard Award winning cookbook author, speaker, former cooking show television producer, and most-recently the author of Chicken: A Savor the South™ cookbook (UNC Press), a treatise containing essential information for the home cook, humorous anecdotes, and 53 wonderful recipes for both southern and international chicken dishes. This week, she shares her recipe for spicy Country Captain and answers our burning questions!


Named a Georgia Grown Executive Chef for 2017, Cynthia Graubart shares her passion for her home state and its bountiful produce and products with her audiences across many platforms. Cynthia is passionate about food – from researching its origins, writing recipes, teaching technique, to bringing families together at the table. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and has spoken at its annual conference and is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI). She and her husband, Cliff, who owns the Old New York Book Shop, regularly travel to Book Festivals and host book store owners as well as authors on a regular basis in their Atlanta home. They have a full bar always at the ready. Our interview with Cynthia is below:

How would you describe your style of cooking?

Is there a special person in your life who fostered your love of cooking?

What is the most challenging part of your job?

What is your favorite food indulgence?

What is the best thing you've ever eaten?

Who is your favorite Southern cook?

Are there any charities or organizations you love and support?

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