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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Art Smith  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Art lives in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

Biographical and Professional Information

A native of Jasper, Florida, Art studied at the Florida State University School of Business. He began his career with two internships at The Greenbrier Resort and was then selected to attend the prestigious Walt Disney Magic Kingdom College Program. Following graduation, Art took a position working at the Florida Governor’s Mansion where he worked as executive chef for Governor Bob Graham, now a U.S. senator, and his wife Adele.Art is a contributing editor to O, the Oprah Magazine and the Food section of and has appeared several times on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” In 2003 Art established Common Threads, a nonprofit organization based on his passionate belief that families (whether a family by blood or a family of friends) all share an innate desire to care for each other, regardless of culture, race or geographic location.

Published Works

    Back to the Table: The Reunion of Food and Family, Hyperion, 2001Kitchen Life: Real Food For Real Families -- Even Yours! , Hyperion, 2004Back to the Family: Food Tastes Better Shared with the Ones You Love , Thomas Nelson, 2007

Selected Titles At Your Library

Back to the table :
ISBN: 0786868546. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. ©2001.

Discusses the role of dining together in forming family bonds and provides recipes for foods including spided maple pecans, golden challah, seafood gumbo, potatoes in tomato sauce, Cuban paella, lamb chili, and strawberry-rhubarb pie.

Kitchen life :
ISBN: 1401307736. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. ©2004.

Presents a selection of more than 150 tasty, satisfying, and simple dishes for the entire family, demonstrating how--by creating more comprehensive pantries, organizing one's kitchen for efficiency, and creating weekly menus--to provide great meals that allow for today's hectic schedules.

Back to the family :
ISBN: 1401602894. OCLC Number:

Thomas Nelson,. Nashville, Tenn. :. 2007.

Presents recipes for American "comfort food" that encourage the family to gather and eat together at mealtimes.

Speaking Engagements

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