The power of food is as strong in Southern culture as it is in say, Italy or France. It is the strongest most powerful part of culture and to understand a culture, you just have to understand its food.
Author and cooking show host Nathalie Dupree recalls, humbly, that cooking is the only thing she has ever done well. She honed her skills at the Cordon Bleu cooking school in London and landed her first job as a chef in a restaurant in Majorca, Spain, the summer following her graduation.
When she returned to the U.S., Dupree opened her own restaurant, Nathalie’s, in Social Circle, Georgia. In 1975, she founded a cooking school in Rich’s Department Store in Atlanta. While at Rich’s she began writing and editing cookbooks, including New Southern Cooking. She is the author of eleven books about entertaining and cooking and has hosted over 300 television shows. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
In 2004, Dupree received the organization’s Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award.
Date of interview: October 7, 2004Interviewer: April Grayson, Friend of the SFA