Kitty was born in Casablanca of a French mother and British father. She immigrated to the United States at the age of seventeen. She is the author of nine cookbooks, five of them on the cuisine of Morocco and North Africa. Couscous (Chronicle Books, 2000) was a nominee for Jacob’s Creek Best Softcover; Cooking at the Kasbah: Recipes from my Moroccan Kitchen (Chronicle Books, 1999), first place winner at the 1999 San Diego Book Awards, was a finalist for Michelin Australia’s Best Food Book, and remains a Chronicle best-selling cookbook.
Kitty’s career as a food writer, cooking teacher, and public speaker spans more than twenty-five years. Her articles have appeared in leading publications in the United States and abroad. A highlight of her career was cooking alongside Julia Child to benefit the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). She has appeared on the Food TV Network, CNN, the Discovery Channel, as well as on Moroccan national television. From 1983 to 2007, she organized and led an annual culinary tour to Morocco that included cooking demonstrations at Dar Zitoun.