First Person Arts Food Fun

Last year we had a blast leading a burger tour on behalf of First Person Arts. This year the First Person Arts Festival provides several other food related events that you should consider.

On Saturday, November 13th cook book author Joan Nathan will be will be discussing her latest book, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous at the Painted Bride Art Center from noon to 2pm. The $35 ($28 for First Arts members) gets you the talk as well as Jewish and Moroccan delicacies from Argan Moroccan Cuisine, Hershel’s East Side Deli and Zahav.

But the tickets online at or call 267-402-2055.

Another food event is the First Taste Dinner and Silent Auction with Soledad O’Brien, held over a three-course dinner by Alma de Cuba’s Executive Chef, Douglas Rodriguez.

DESCRIPTION Popular cookbook author Joan Nathan reveals the culinary journey behind her latest work, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous, over a brunch of Jewish and Mediterranean fare. Traveling through the kitchens, market stalls and spice shops of Alsace-Lorraine, Provence, the Cote d’Azur, and Paris, Nathan plumbed the rich tradition of Jewish cooking in France. Her exploration revealed the influence of sophisticated French cuisine on Jewish traditions, as well as the mark left by the influx of North African Jews following Algerian independence. The result is a cookbook filled with recipes and personal stories reflecting the diversity of Jewish life in France.
Joan Nathan was born in Providence, Rhode Island. She has earned a master’s degree from both the University of Michigan and from Harvard University. Ms. Nathan writes for The New York Times and other publications and is the author of numerous books, including Jewish Cooking in America, which won both the James Beard Award and the IACP / Julia Child Cookbook of the Year Award in 1994. Drawing on her research for The New American Cooking, she was the guest curator of Food Culture USA at the 2005 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. She is the mother of three grown children and lives with her husband in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Linda Spillers)

“When Joan Nathan decides to dig into Jewish heritage anywhere in the world, we readers should just fasten our seat belts and get ready for a glorious ride. Discovering the unexpected, meticulous research and superb recipes hallmark all of Joan’s work, but this book may be the most intriguing.” — Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of The Splendid Table

“Documenting traditions, recipes, and rituals ensures their survival; it is vital work. Joan Nathan’s beautiful new book goes to the heart of French Jewish life. She is a writer, historian, anthropologist, and extraordinary cook, but above all she is a tireless custodian of a wonderfully rich culture.” — Alice Waters

“I have loved cooking with and for Joan Nathan for years. She always reminds us that no matter how, what or where you cook, it will reflect your cultural heritage. Here, with so much depth and humanity, Joan shows how two great cultures intersect in the kitchen, resulting in wonderful flavors and stories.” — Daniel Boulud

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