San Francisco Bay Area–based Ayesha Curry hosts Ayesha’s Home Kitchen on the Food Network and ABC’s upcoming Family Food Fight. She owns three International Smoke restaurants, has her own line of cookware, and wrote a cookbook that became a New York Times bestseller. She also happens to be married to NBA All-Star Stephen Curry.
Q. You have a red-hot career, a husband who travels, young children—and you still cook dinner at home. How?
A. When you have three kids [aged five months to 6 years] and chaotic schedules, dinnertime is never the same. But cooking brings my entire family together. Everyone has a hand in it, whether it's preparing a simple salad or my mom and me making jerk chicken.
Q. How early can kids start helping out in the kitchen—and in what ways?
A. If they can stand on a stool, they can help. My younger daughter will shuck corn and cut veggies with a kid-safe knife while my oldest loves to help make pasta dough and run it through the machine.
Q. Other ideas for busy people who want to connect with their loved ones?
A. Find an activity that your family loves and plan to do it every week, whether it's a Sunday dinner, board-game night, or neighborhood walk. Most of us already take time for coffee and our favorite TV show. Making that same effort for your family is easier than you think.
Q. How do you stay organized?
A. I'm still very much into analog tools. A small notebook and pen can always be found on my desk or in my purse. Keeping a calendar with important dates and thoughts helps me to feel grounded and is an excellent tool for my "mommy brain."