One on One with Chef Rebecca Lang

Robbie Hudson, Program Director - 13th June 2012

Rebecca Lang is a cookbook author, cooking instructor, and food writer. Her newest book, Quick-Fix Southern, was released in March 2011. She is also the author Southern Entertaining for a New Generation and Mary Mac's Tea Room. As a Contributing Editor for Southern Living, Rebecca is featured in weekly cooking segments on the nationally syndicated show "Daytime". She is also a Contributing Editor for myrecipes.com and writes a monthly column, "Girls' Night In", for the site.

What is your favorite comfort food?
I adore a good cheeseburger. It's my go-to source of comfort. I love them nearly any way: stuffed with pimento cheese, piled high with bacon, or slathered with homemade mayonnaise. I've never met a homemade cheeseburger I didn't like.

When did you know you had a passion for cooking?
I took my first cooking class when I was a sophomore in college. My roommate and I would drive from Athens to Atlanta (about an hour) to take a series of classes every other week. Within the very first class, I had an overwhelming sense that this is what I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life. I knew immediately it was right and have never had a second thought about my choice.

What is your "food philosophy"?
I like to call what I cook "honest food". Start with fresh, good ingredients and the outcome will always be better. Staying as far away from preservatives and artificial additives as possible is part of my life as a mom and a cook. I won't write or serve a recipe I can't be proud to feed my own family.

What makes a good chef?
Good chefs are approachable, sensible, real, and unpretentious. Professional cooks have the unique ability to inspire others with food that has the potential for lifelong benefits. Good chefs reach home cooks in ways that encourage them to cook for their families and friends.

How do you relax?
I relax by snuggling my sweet children, taking a nap, or reading on my back porch with my Cavalier in my lap. Being at home with my family is a renewal for both my spirit and my thoughts. My two children and my husband make my house a home and make me one happy woman.

What makes cooking fun for you?
Being in the kitchen is the place I feel most like myself. It's natural for me to be at the stove and makes me satisfied to be creating at the counter. I'm more comfortable in the kitchen than any other room. I cherish the times when I'm chopping and whisking while my children are coloring and working on homework. Cooking lets me be in the room that is the center of our home and make a living I love.

What is your favorite spa treatment?
I could have a facial every day of my life and still want more. I go out of my way to take really good care of my skin. I drink water all day long and slather on sunscreen each morning. I think of a facial as a vacation for my face. It's the perfect blend of massage for my shoulders and neck with a really fun boost of fun for my pores.