Esther Rose Graber, a watercolorist and book illustrator, is the matriarch of the Graber clan. She is the mother or mother-in-law of the six other cooks featured in The Daily Feast. Born in Kansas during the Great Depression, she move to central Puerto Rico in 1965 with her surgeon husband, Ronald Graber, and their young family. She is well-known in Puerto Rico for capturing the vivid colors of her adopted homeland in hundreds of watercolor landscapes and portraits. She and Ron now divide their time between Puerto Rico and southern Indiana, traveling extensively from those bases.