Cat Cora’s New Memoir Reveals History of Sexual Abuse, Depression

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Cat Cora, the first-ever female Iron Chef who is famous for her Southern and Greek-inspired food, has just released a memoir called Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef’s Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness. While the book covers her rise to fame in the culinary world, it also details a history of sexual abuse, depression, and other major struggles she had to overcome while making a name for herself as a chef.

In an interview with CBS This Morning promoting the book, Cora said, “I’m a positive person. I’m an eternal optimist. But my life hasn’t been easy.”

That life includes sexual abuse by a family friend that Cora says began when she was 6 years old. “You really feel like you are alone in the world,” Cora said. “You feel like, ‘If I’m gonna make it, I have to take care of myself.'”

On a much lighter note, Cora also discusses meeting Julia Child, who offered this advice to the young, aspiring chef: “It’s a man’s world. You’ve got to be stubborn, and don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.”

Watch the interview below, and find out more on the memoir here.

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