Lauren Groveman is an internationally-renowned cooking and baking instructor, trusted lifestyle advisor, radio and television personality, columnist, cookbook author—and above all else— an infinitely devoted wife and mother. Often referred to as “the kitchen evangelist,” she uses her vast culinary expertise and her personal experiences to help others discover the joys of creating, and living, a “delicious” life. Her message is powerful and truly life-changing. Through her sharing of wonderfully comforting recipes and a philosophy built on real-life experiences, she teaches us how to find the physical and emotional motivation to make our home lives as nurturing and fortifying as possible. And she demonstrates, step-by-step, how thoughtful, lovingly-prepared home cooking can give us immense power over the emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of our families and ourselves.
Lauren can be seen frequently on both local and national television shows and is currently a regular “family food” contributor to the MSNBC network. She has appeared on CBS This Morning, LIVE with Regis and Kathie Lee, Living it Up! with Ali and Jack, NBC’s The Today Show, the Lifetime Network's Our Home, Discovery's Home Matters and HG/TV; and has hosted five shows of Chef du Jour for the Television Food Network. She contributed many of the eastern European breads and pastry to Julia Child's wonderful cookbook entitled Baking with Julia (written by Dorie Greenspan) and did two, 30-minute episodes with Julia for the PBS television series that accompanied the book. She was host for a 26-episode cooking series for National PBS, Home Cooking with Lauren Groveman, and her own cooking and baking series, Welcome to Lauren Groveman's Kitchen (filmed in Lauren's home kitchen), was a James Beard Award Nominee for Local NY Programming.
As host/producer of the James Beard Award-winning "live" talk-show Food, Family & Home 'Matters' with Lauren Groveman, Lauren welcomes listeners to call in with questions. In this one-hour, weekly food talk show, Lauren uses passion and humor to share her “take” on life’s joys and frustrations as a busy professional woman and devoted wife and mother. The show speaks about life, love, family and hope and shows listeners how the power of cooking can help to connect, heal and fortify those in even the most hectic 21st century household. Lauren also encourages the listener be more resourceful, self-questioning and more open to exploring the common issues that keep so many “hungry” people from feeling able to experience and sustain the delicious life that we all deserve.
Surprisingly, Lauren did not grow up knowing her way around a kitchen. Her mother, a top New York fashion model, didn't cook. As an adult, Lauren first became eager to learn about cooking after meeting and falling in love with Jon, now her husband. “I somehow knew, in my heart, that just because I didn't grow up in a home that made shared family meals a priority, that didn't mean that I couldn't do it for my own family, once I had the opportunity,” says Lauren. She remembers quite vividly, how way back in the beginning, when she didn’t “know a thing about cooking,” she would stare at her husband as he ate something as simple as a homemade tuna fish sandwich. “I’ve always loved how it feels to watch someone go from being hungry and wanting, to being satisfied and comforted by my cooking, “she says. “So, as an adult, I wanted to go deeper into cooking, so I could get deeper into that wonderful feeling.” She started playing with ingredients to make all kinds of dishes, staying with the most basic until she felt strong enough, as a cook, to venture into those recipes that required more skill. For Lauren, mastering the art of cooking, which started as a labor of love, continues to be a truly joyful and ever-expanding journey: “Because I wanted to make our life together as ‘homemade delicious’ as possible, as often as possible, I didn't mind practicing. I knew from past experiences in other areas that, eventually, I could grow as a cook, in both confidence and ability. So, as someone who has gone from being a total novice in the kitchen, to someone who is now mentoring others, I know that if can do it; anyone can!”
Forging her way through lots of self-proclaimed culinary mishaps over the years, Lauren came to understand not only the “whys and hows” behind many different culinary procedures, but also the very positive effects that rich aromas, soothing tastes, and the wonderful togetherness of home-cooked meals, had on her family. “This dimension gave my family a perfect way to build and maintain a true feeling of connectedness. I felt like I had stumbled onto a very important secret that I wanted to share with others.” It was then, that Lauren found her true calling as a teacher. Whether she is talking on her weekly radio program, or writing a cookbook, or teaching in private and public cooking venues, it has become her life's work to teach others how to cook for those they love, and create a home life filled with the comforting feelings of trust, safety and security.
Lauren is the author of Lauren Groveman's Kitchen: Nurturing Food for Family and Friend (Chronicle Books), which has been called "a cooking school in itself" by Pierre Franey and "an invaluable source of information" by Jacques Pepin. Her newest cookbook, The’ I Love to Cook’ Book: Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking for Family and Friends , is considered by many, to be their most effective and inspirational source of cooking instruction. In addition, she often appears as a “motivational lecturer,” speaking on ways to keep families (of all ages and lifestyles) cooking, baking and eating wholesome meals together, with more consistency. Happily married, Lauren lives in Larchmont, NY with her husband Jon; her three wonderful children, Ben, Julie and Jessica; and Rosebud, the most loving yellow Labrador Retriever—and a new addition to the family has just arrived—a new puppy, named Mango!