Kate Cathey is a writer and anthropologist. Born in the USA, she attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she studied Art History, and later graduated with a BA in World Arts and Cultures, concentration in Anthropology, from the University of California, Los Angeles. Since then, she has traveled extensively in Latin America, researching and writing about regional cultural and culinary traditions.
She has lived in Mexico City, where she attended and wrote about small-town fiestas, ferias, and festivals throughout the country, and studied indigenous gastronomy and ritual at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. In 2009 Kate moved to Bogotá, Colombia where she continued these pursuits. She also directed cultural travel programs and was a regular contributor to Bogotá's English-language newspaper, The City Paper.