Catherine Walthers is a food writer, cookbook author, private chef and cooking teacher. Her first cook- book Greens, Glorious Greens, co-written with Johnna Albi, has become a cult classic as one of the first books on the market to demystify cooking leafy greens from bok choy to turnip greens. Her next book, Raising the Salad Bar, was named one of the 10 best summer cookbooks by NPR when it came out in 2007 and has sold more than 60,000 copies. Following Soups + Sides, her latest cookbook features 90 recipes devoted to kale in Kale, Glorious Kale.
Catherine also develops recipes for magazines and websites. She is a regular contributor to Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, focusing on island food, farmers and fishermen. She also writes for Fresh magazine, Taste of the Seacoast and the Coastal Table magazine. Her articles and recipes have appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Washington Post, Walking, Cooking Light, Body & Soul, Cape Cod Life and numerous websites.
Catherine serves on the board of Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard, which she helped found in 2006. She has organized such events as the Kale Festival, Heavy Nettle Fest and Meet Your Farmers night. She is also one of the founders of Island Grown Initiative, which works on farm-to-school education, gleaning, and local meat production.
A native of Medway, Massachusetts, Catherine graduated from Boston University with a master’s degree in journalism, and worked as a reporter and editor at the Arlington Advocate, Tab Newspapers and the Boston Herald before veering off into the food world. She received her chef’s degree from the National Institute for Food and Health in New York City and started working as a private chef and food writer. Her home and West Tisbury Kitchen Lab is on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where she loves to fish, forage, garden, visit farms and cook. She lives with her husband and kale-loving teenage son.