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Joan Nathan is an award-winning American cookbook author and newspaper journalist. She has produced TV documentaries on the subject of Jewish cuisine. She was a co-founder of New York's Ninth Avenue Food Festival under then-Mayor Abraham Beame.
Joan Nathan was born in Providence, Rhode Island. After receiving a masters degree in French literature from the University of Michigan, she earned another masters degree in public administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. As a newspaper food journalist she has visited, among other places, France and Brazil, uncovering new dishes or researching Jewish cuisine.
She was executive producer and host of Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan, a PBS series based on her cookbook, Jewish Cooking in America.
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Nathan has written ten cookbooks, winning numerous awards for them. Six are about Jewish cuisine and two on Israeli cuisine. Her goal is to preserve Jewish traditions by interviewing cooks and documenting their recipes and stories for posterity.
In 1985, An American Folklife Cookbook won the R.T. French Tastemaker Award (now the James Beard Award). The New American Cooking won the James Beard and IACP Awards for Food of the Americas and Best American Cookbook. She was guest curator of Food Culture USA at the 2005 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which was based on the research for her book.
- The Flavor of Jerusalem, Little, Brown 1975
- The Jewish Holiday Kitchen, Schocken 1979
- An American Folklife Cookbook, Schocken 1984
- The Children's Jewish Holiday Kitchen, Schocken 1988
- Jewish Cooking in America, Knopf 1994
- The Jewish Holiday Baker, Schocken 1997
- The Foods of Israel Today, Knopf 2001
- Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cookbook, Schocken 2004
- The New American Cooking, Knopf 2005
- Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, Knopf 2010
In May 2011, Nathan received a Special Recognition Award from the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research for her contribution to preserving Jewish culture.
- 2008, MacDowell Fellow, the MacDowell Colony
- 2005, Silver Spoon Award, Food Arts Magazine
- 2002, Honorary doctorate from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Culture
- 2001, Inductee into James Beard Foundation's Who's Who in American Food and Beverage
- 1998, Jewish Daily Forward "Forward 50"
- 1995, Golda Award, American Jewish Congress
- 1994, Jewish Cooking in America received the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook and the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook of the Year Award
- Good Morning, America
- The Today Show
- Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
- Food Network
- The Martha Stewart Show.
- All Things Considered and Weekend Edition
- "About Joan Nathan". Random House. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
- Israeli Hanukkah
- "Cooking with chutzpah", Book Section, Haaretz
- Joan Nathan profile, New York Times, March 28, 2007.
- "YIVO 10th Annual Heritage Dinner". YIVO. Retrieved May 31, 2011.[dead link]
- "Joan Nathan: Book Fest 07". The Library of Congress. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
- Denchak, Melissa. "Interview with TV Chef Joan Nathan". Food and Wine. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
- "Hannukah with Joan Nathan". Episode CL9422. Food Network. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
- "Joan Nathan: An Exotic Holiday Feast". NPR. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
- Colicchio Uses Heimlich Maneuver to Save Cookbook Author Slash Food, January 19, 2009.
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- Sweet, Sour, Tasty: An Old Iraq New Year
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- Bread of Freedom in Times of Despair
- On Martha's Vineyard, Using Scallops as Currency
- Inviting an Old Favorite to the Hanukkah Table
- A Delicacy That Is Better When It's Not Served Whole
- Of Church and Steak: Farming for the Soul
- For a Sweeter Passover, Old and New Sephardic Delights
- A Toast to a Diplomat With a Cook's Heart
- From Hungary, For Hanukkah, From Long Ago
- New Year, New Dumpling
- It's Passover, Lighten Up
- In France, It's Not All Chopped Liver
- An Old-Fashioned American Standby, Fish Sauce and All
- Kugel Unraveled
- Red, White, and Blueberry
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