Deborah Madison is an American chef, writer and cooking teacher. She has been called an expert on vegetarian cooking and her gourmet repertoire showcases fresh garden produce. Her work also highlights Slow Food, local foods and farmers' markets.
Madison grew up in Davis, California, 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. She then cooked at Chez Panisse and was a student for eighteen years at the San Francisco Zen Center. She was the founding chef at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco which opened in 1979. She then cooked for a year at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.
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, and Vegetable Literacy.
A food columnist for The New York Times, who found he had packed away his cookbooks before moving, joked, "Rather than making me a more natural cook, living so closely with my favorite recipe books brought about what my wife would call learned helplessness. At 46, I ought to be able to make pancakes without running to Deborah Madison for advice. Now, with her inspirational “Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone” boxed up, I’ve taken the opportunity to cut some apron strings."
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. 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.
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.
She is on the board of the Seed Savers Exchange and the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Association, and is the co-director of the Edible Kitchen garden at Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 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. She is the founding chef at Café Escalara in Santa Fe.
Awards and honors
In 1987, Madison received the André Simon Memorial Prize. Madison was awarded the 1994 M. F. K. Fisher Mid-Career Award. She was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America" in 2005 and has received at least three James Beard Foundation Awards. Madison's books have received awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and Les Dames d'Escoffie. Her first two both were named the Julia Child Cookbook of the Year by the IACP.
- Madison, Deborah; Edward Espe Brown (1987). The Greens Cookbook. ISBN 978-0553051957.
- Madison, Deborah (1990). The Savory Way. ISBN 978-0553057805.
- Madison, Deborah (1996). The Vegetarian Table. ISBN 978-0811808880.
- Madison, Deborah (1997). Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. ISBN 978-0767900140.
- Madison, Deborah (2000). This Can't Be Tofu!. ISBN 978-0767904193.
- Madison, Deborah (2002). Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets. ISBN 978-0767903493.
- Madison, Deborah (2005). Vegetarian Suppers. ISBN 978-0767916271.
- Madison, Deborah (2006). Vegetable Soups. ISBN 978-0767916288.
- Madison, Deborah; Patrick McFarlin (2009). What We Eat When We Eat Alone. ISBN 1423604962.
- Madison, Deborah (2010). Seasonal Fruit Desserts. ISBN 978-0767916295.
- Madison, Deborah (2013). Vegetable Literacy. ISBN 978-1607741916.
- Bolam, Victoria (Summer 1998). "New faces". Review. Regents of the University of California. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- "20 More Cookbooks". The New York Times. June 4, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- "Reader Store". Sony Electronics. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- 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. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
- "CV". Deborah Madison. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
- "The Greens Cookbook". Greens Restaurant. Archived from the original on December 2, 2010. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
- Madison, Deborah. "Deborah Madison". Zester Daily. Gazander. Archived from the original on May 1, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- Denn, Rebekah (April 24, 2013). "Deborah Madison on 'Vegetable Literacy'." The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- Wells, Pete (May 24, 2010). "Cooking With Dexter: Free Bird". The New York Times. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- "What I Do". Deborah Madison. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- "Retreat Leaders". San Francisco Zen Center. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- "Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity Scientific Committee". Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity. Archived from the original on June 13, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- Wanner, Irene (October 2009). "Featured Author". New Mexico Magazine. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- Madison, Deborah. "About". Deborah Madison. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
- "What We Eat When We Eat Alone: Stories and 100 Recipes". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- Popoff, Katie (May 30, 2010). "Deborah Madison offers fresh fruit dessert tips". The San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
- Madison, Deborah with Brown, Edward Espé, 1987 (2001). The Greens Cookbook. Broadway Books. p. jacket. ISBN 978-0-7679-0823-8.
- "MFK Fisher". Les Dames d' Escoffier International. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- "Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America". James Beard Foundation. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- "Deborah Madison". Random House. Retrieved June 20, 2010.