Cara De Silva


Cara De Silva is an award-winning journalist, food historian, writer, and lecturer. She is also the editor of In Memory’s Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin, an influential work that editors of the New York Times Book Review referred to as “noteworthy.”  A repository of recipes set down by starving women in a Czechoslovakian concentration camp, the book is a form of Holocaust literature, the dream cookbook, that was largely unknown before its publication. An important contribution to critical literature about women and the Holocaust, it has been celebrated across the United States, Europe, and beyond.

The book began as an article written by Cara for her then newspaper,  Newsday/ New York Newsday  for which her beat was New York’s ethnic neighborhoods. It was during that time that her passion for exploring other cultures through food was solidified. It was also then that she began to think about her own memories, heritage and traditions, all redolent of the delicious dishes her Polish grandmother had prepared in a magical green pot.