Jody Adams is the co-owner and chef of Rialto in Boston, Massachusetts. In the Hands of a Chef is her first cookbook. Jody's Boston culinary career began in 1983 at Seasons restaurant under chef Lydia Shire. Three years later, at Hammersley's Bistro, she became Gordon Hammersley's sous chef. She moved to Michela's in 1990 and served as executive chef there until 1994, In September 1994, Adams opened Rialto with restaurateurs and partners Michele Larson and Karen Haskell. Four months after Rialto's opening, the Boston Globe awarded the restaurant four stars, the newspaper's highest rating. Jody opened her latest venture, Red Clay, in May of last year. Jody lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband, Ken Rivard, and their two children.