Deborah Madison (2013)

Deborah Madison is an American chef, food writer and cooking teacher. She has been called an expert on vegetarian cooking[1][2] and her gourmet repertoire showcases fresh garden produce. Her work also highlights Slow Food, local foods and farmers' markets.

Early years

Madison grew up in Davis, California,[3] and earned a bachelor's degree with high honors in sociology/city planning in 1968 from Cowell College at the University of California, Santa Cruz.[4][5] She then cooked at Chez Panisse[4] and was a student for eighteen years at the San Francisco Zen Center.[6] She was the founding chef at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco which opened in 1979.[7] She then cooked for a year at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.[7]


Madison, whose work concentrates on local foods and farmers' markets, returned to the Bay Area to write The Greens Cookbook with co-author Edward Espe Brown, and then wrote another 10 books on food and cooking, including Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, This Can't Be Tofu, Local Flavors, Cooking and Eating From America's Farmers' Market and Seasonal Fruit Desserts from Orchard, Farm and Market,[7] and Vegetable Literacy.[8]

Other writing

She has written for the magazines Gourmet, Saveur, Food and Wine, Kitchen Gardener, Fine Cooking, Orion, Organic Gardening and Eating Well, and for the Time-Life Cookbook Series.[3][7] She has also written for Martha Stewart Living, Bon Appetite, Diversions, Kiplingers, Garden Design, Kitchen Garden, Cooks, Vegetarian Times, Metropolitan Home, East-West Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Home and Garden, and the International Slow Food Journal.[9]

New Mexico

When she first moved to New Mexico, Madison managed the Santa Fe Farmers' Market and served on its board for a number of years.[7]

Madison has been active in the Slow Food movement, founded the Santa Fe Chapter, was active on the ARK committee and served on the scientific committee of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity.[10][11]

She is on the board of the Seed Savers Exchange and the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Association,[11] and is the co-director of the Edible Kitchen garden at Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, New Mexico.[12] She lives in New Mexico with her husband, artist Patrick McFarlin, who co-authored and illustrated their book What We Eat When We Eat Alone.[13][14] She is the founding chef at Café Escalara in Santa Fe.[4][15]

Awards and honors

In 1987, Madison received the André Simon Memorial Prize.[16] Madison was awarded the 1994 M. F. K. Fisher Mid-Career Award.[17] Madison's books have received awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and Les Dames d'Escoffie.[7] Her first two both were named the Julia Child Cookbook of the Year by the IACP.[18]

She received 5 James Beard Foundation Awards and 4 additional nominations.[19] She was also inducted into the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America" in 2005.[20]



  1. ^ Bolam, Victoria (Summer 1998). "New faces". Review. Regents of the University of California. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  2. ^ "20 More Cookbooks". The New York Times. June 4, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Reader Store". Sony Electronics. Archived from the original on March 2, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c McNulty, Jennifer (June 24, 2009). "Alumna chef Deborah Madison's new book reveals secrets of solo eating". UC Santa Cruz News, Regents of the University of California. Archived from the original on May 28, 2010. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  5. ^ "CV". Deborah Madison. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  6. ^ "The Greens Cookbook". Greens Restaurant. Archived from the original on December 2, 2010. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Madison, Deborah. "Deborah Madison". Zester Daily. Gazander. Archived from the original on May 1, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  8. ^ Denn, Rebekah (April 24, 2013). "Deborah Madison on 'Vegetable Literacy'." The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  9. ^ "What I Do". Deborah Madison. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  10. ^ "Retreat Leaders". San Francisco Zen Center. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  11. ^ a b "Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity Scientific Committee". Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity. Archived from the original on June 13, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  12. ^ Wanner, Irene (October 2009). "Featured Author". New Mexico Magazine. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  13. ^ Madison, Deborah. "About". Deborah Madison. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  14. ^ Madison, Deborah; McFarlin, Patrick (2009). What We Eat When We Eat Alone: Stories and 100 Recipes. ISBN 978-1423604969.
  15. ^ Popoff, Katie (May 30, 2010). "Deborah Madison offers fresh fruit dessert tips". The San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  16. ^ Madison, Deborah with Brown, Edward Espé (2001). The Greens Cookbook. Broadway Books. p. jacket. ISBN 978-0-7679-0823-8.((cite book)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  17. ^ "MFK Fisher". Les Dames d' Escoffier International. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  18. ^ "Deborah Madison". Random House. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  19. ^ James Beard Awards and Nominations
  20. ^ "Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America". James Beard Foundation. Retrieved June 20, 2010.