Caroline Wright is happiest when her hands are busy and her stomach is full, two truths she nourishes as a cook, stylist and author. She has trudged through Union Square in the rain carrying overfilled market bags and prep lists for photo shoots, woken up countless times in the middle of the night to scribble down her next pitch, and doled out the contents of her gorged refrigerator to thankful friends. She writes recipes when she’s paid and even when she isn’t.
Her food obsession began, as they often do, while studying in France. During her undergraduate education in Paris, Caroline was inspired to turn a life-long interest and passion for food into a professional culinary pursuit. Caroline attended the La Varenne culinary program with Anne Willan in Burgundy, and worked in a Michelin-starred restaurant under one of France’s few acclaimed female chefs, Reine Sammut.
Upon returning to the United States, Caroline worked for two years as a food editor for Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food. In addition to contributing her original recipes to the magazine, Caroline also acted as a test kitchen personality on the daily Everyday Food radio hour on Sirius XM. Her busy days as a food editor translated well into a busy freelance career, cooking in various test kitchens, styling food in scattered locations for photo shoots, and creating narratives as a producer for food television. Her recipes and articles have appeared in Food Network Magazine, Health, Shape, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Culture Magazine and Cooking Light, as well as the multimedia branches of many of those brands.
Alongside publishing recipes and articles from her Brooklyn kitchen, Caroline also worked as a collaborator and stylist for over twenty cookbooks for well-known brands, magazines and food personalities. Her voice as a trusted friend in the kitchen, combined with her background as an experienced recipe developer, inspired the publication of her first cookbook in the spring of 2014, Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals. Many of the recipes were versions of the fresh and simple dinners she published on her blog, The Wright Recipes, in a column of the same name; she continued to write the column on a weekly basis for Food52 for over a year after the book’s publication. Her second cookbook, a playful title about baking, is anticipated in the spring of 2016 by Workman.
Her cooking style that holds simplicity, technique and seasonality at its core has given her a respected voice as a teacher to new and seasoned cooks alike. Caroline’s passion for cooking and teaching led her to share her recipes on national and local television, and host a few popular webisode series. She has also taught her recipes at cooking schools across the country, including Central Market in Texas, where she now lives with her family.
Caroline is constantly searching for unique ways to serve comfort in every dish, story or photo she creates. To learn about how she is playing with food this minute, find her on Twitter or Instagram.