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About Kara Rota

As the Clever Cookstr, Kara Rota serves up the most timely, relevant tips from the world’s best kitchens. You’ll get a delightful mix of cooking tips from emerging and established chefs and cookbook authors, as well as exclusive insights from bakers, sommeliers, farmers, grocers, and more.

Every week, the Clever Cookstr provides useful information for aspiring and long-time food lovers— and for anyone who wants to get delicious homemade food on the table.  If you’ve been looking for a fun, fast-paced, authoritative source on what’s hot in the world of food and cooking, this is it. Clever Cookstr is passionate about helping people learn to cook more, believing that time spent sharing good food is one of the most vital and enjoyable parts of life. 

Kara Rota is Director of Editorial & Partnerships at Cookstr.com, a Macmillan portfolio company and recipe site whose mission is to digitally organize cookbooks and recipes of all types and make them easily accessible. Growing up outside of Philadelphia and Chicago with an Italian father and a mother who was a macrobiotic chef turned raw vegan, Kara was always immersed in the culture and values behind why people eat what they do. She headed children’s programming at Chicago’s Green City Market and studied food politics at Sarah Lawrence College.

Prior to joining Cookstr in 2011, Kara was an editor at Irish America Magazine

Kara has been a featured speaker at numerous venues including Food Book Fair, the Roger Smith Food Conference, and the Brooklyn Food Conference. She has written about food for Irish America Magazine, West Side Rag, Recipe Relay, and Food + Tech Connect. She has also been interviewed by Good Food Jobs, CBS Smart Planet, Long Island Woman Magazine, Skillcrush, Heritage Radio Network, and Betabeat.

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