"It is pretty simple. At the end of the day, food should be good...it should taste good and be good for you too." - Lourdes Castro

Professor and cookbook author Lourdes Castro is as passionate about teaching as she is about cooking, and feels as comfortable in the classroom as she does in the kitchen. 

A Miami native with deep Cuban roots, Lourdes entered the culinary world as a college student at New York University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food. She then attended Columbia University, earning a Master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences. Concurrent with her Master’s degree, Lourdes was licensed as a Registered Dietitian.

Shortly after graduation, Lourdes served as an associate at the James Beard Foundation. But it was Lourdes’ love of teaching that inspired her to return to her alma mater, New York University, where she serves as Culinary Director of the department of Nutrition and Food Studies, as well as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Global Public Health.

Inspired to teach an even broader audience, Lourdes has written four cookbooks Simply Mexican (Ten Speed Press, 2009), Eat, Drink, Think in Spanish (Ten Speed Press, 2009), Latin Grilling (Ten Speed Press, 2011), and Cuba Cooks (Rizzoli 2018).  

Lourdes has a recurring role as a judge on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay, and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’ Early Show, and The Talk (CBS), as well as on news and lifestyle programs on Better TV, Univision, Telemundo, and CNN en Español.  Her recipes have appeared in Food & Wine magazine, Latina Magazine, and The New York Times among other publications.

She currently lives in New York City.