Joan Nathan “My Life in Recipes” Book Release

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Thursday, May 16
In Person and Livestream

5:00 pm ET Doors | 6:00 pm ET Program

Registration Opens May 1

“There is no greater authority on Jewish cooking than Joan Nathan” -Chef Mike Solomonov

Back in the days when Jewish food didn’t mean much beyond bagels for most Americans, before za’atar was available in local supermarkets and the word shakshuka slipped easily off our tongues, Joan Nathan was already exploring the diverse world of Jewish cooking, laying the groundwork to becoming the world’s greatest authority on Jewish cuisine. In her latest cookbook, My Life in Recipes: Food, Family, and Memories, Nathan shares her story and invites readers on her odyssey of discovery, from Germany to New York, Paris to Israel, and the meaning she found in two of our varied culinary traditions.

In this special event, Joan will be joined by the acclaimed chef and fellow James Beard Award winner, Mike Solomonov. Together, the duo will embark on a whirlwind tour of Joan’s culinary discoveries, sharing insights into the diverse flavors and techniques that define Jewish cuisine. From the tantalizing pomegranate syrup used by Syrian Jews in muhammara to the aromatic harmony of cinnamon and chicken, Joan and Mike will immerse us in a world of culinary delights. And let’s not forget the iconic black-and-white cookies, which Joan reinvents with her own special touch.

Gather with your loved ones, savor every delicious flavor and raise a glass in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month. It is a celebration of culture, community and the lasting legacy of iconic figures like Joan Nathan, our culinary guide, storyteller, and inspiration.

More About The Speaker

JOAN NATHAN is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and other publications. She is the author of twelve books, including Jewish Cooking in America and The New American Cooking, both of which won James Beard Awards and IACP Awards.

Nathan is the author of eleven cookbooks including her latest work, “King Solomon’s Table: a Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World,” released by Alfred P. Knopf in April 2017.  Her previous cookbook, “Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France” (Knopf), was named one of the 10 best cookbooks of 2010 by NPR, Food and Wine, and Bon Appétit magazines.  She is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Tablet Magazine.

In 1994, Nathan’s Jewish Cooking in America won both the James Beard Award for the best American cookbook and the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook of the Year Award.  In 2017 this book was named a “Culinary Classic” by the IACP.  The same James Beard Award was later bestowed on her 2005 cookbook The New American Cooking.  An earlier work, An American Folklife Cookbook, was given the R.T. French Tastemaker Award in 1985 for American cooking.  Her other books include Foods of Israel TodayJoan Nathan’s Jewish Holiday CookbookThe Jewish Holiday BakerThe Children’s Jewish Holiday KitchenThe Jewish Holiday Kitchen, and The Flavor of Jerusalem.

More About The Moderator

MICHAEL SOLOMONOV is a beloved champion of Israel’s extraordinarily diverse and vibrant culinary landscape.  He is co-owner of CookNSolo Restaurants with hospitality entrepreneur, Steve Cook.  Together they own Philadelphia’s Zahav, the trailblazing restaurant where Solomonov is Chef, which has put the rich melting pot of Israeli cuisine at the forefront of dining in America today.  Solomonov is the co-author of three cookbooks, and the recipient of the following James Beard awards: 2011 “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic”, 2016 “Best International Cookbook” and “Book of the Year” for his and business partner/co-author Steve Cook’s best-selling cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, and the 2017 “Outstanding Chef.”  In 2018, Zahav was recognized by Food & Wine Magazine as one of “The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years” and in May of 2019, Zahav was awarded “Outstanding Restaurant” by the James Beard Foundation, making Zahav the first Israeli-American restaurant to be awarded this great honor. In addition to his work at Zahav, Chef Solomonov co-owns Philadelphia’s Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, and Goldie. In July of 2019, Solomonov brought another major slice of Israeli food culture to Philadelphia with K’Far, an Israeli bakery & café named for his hometown just outside of Tel Aviv. In November of 2019, Solomonov opened Merkaz, an Israeli pita sandwich shop, and in February of 2020 opened Laser Wolf, an Israeli skewer house.  Outside of the restaurants, you can often find Mike with Steve at Pho 75, working out the kinks in their Israeli village, or with family.