New York…Just before leaving for Israel several days ago, Gil Marks, the noted kosher chef, rabbi and author learned that his newest book, The Encyclopedia of Kosher Food, was nominated for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award. If he receives the award, this will be his third nomination. His Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World (Wiley 2004) was a James Beard Award winner. He was also a finalist with his The World of Jewish Cooking (Simon & Schuster, 1996). The 650-page encyclopedia traces the origin of Jewish food throughout the ages and offers recipes from Jewish communities. In 2005, noted author and New York Times columnist Joan Nathan’s Jewish Cooking in America won the Julia Child Award for Best Cookbook of the Year and the James Beard Award. Both Marks and Nathan weave Jewish culture and cooking.
March 28, 2011