Kishi was raised in Tokyo, and attended Kagawa Nutrition University. She joined the Shufunotomo company in 1955, and started her writing career while raising her four children. She later worked for the publishing department of her alma mater and served ten years as editor-in-chief of the magazine Eiyō to Ryori (栄養と料理, Nutrition and Cooking) from 1968 to 1978.
In 1979, she created a publishing company specializing in magazines and books on cooking and nutrition.
From 1993 to 1999, she appeared regularly as one of the judges on the original Iron Chef television program on Fuji Television.
Kishi died in Tokyo of heart failure on September 22, 2015, aged 91.