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October 16, 2006

Joan Nathan To Discuss "New American Cooking" Nov. 6

Noted food writer Joan Nathan will talk about her latest book “The New American Cooking” and Washington, D.C., chefs will complement her talk with sample dishes at the Library of Congress at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Contributions of food will be made by chef Cliff Wharton of TenPenh Restaurant; pastry chef Ann Amernick of Palena Restaurant, and baker Mark Furstenberg of Bread Line. The event, sponsored by the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division, is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the program.

“The New American Cooking” (Random House) recently won the James Beard Award in the Food of the Americas category and the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Award for Cookbook of the Year in the American category.
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 Award in 1994. Nathan was guest curator of Food Culture USA at the 2005 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

She also hosted “Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan,” a PBS show based on her book of the same title. The show was nominated in 2000 for the James Beard Award for the Best National Television Food Show.

An inductee to the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage, she has also received the Silver Spoon Award from Food Arts magazine. In addition, Nathan received an honorary degree from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Culture in Chicago and the Golda Award from the American Jewish Congress.

Born in Providence, R.I., she graduated from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in French literature and earned a master’s in public administration from Harvard University. She lived in Israel for three years, where she worked for Mayor Teddy Kollek of Jerusalem. In 1974, working for Mayor Abraham Beame in New York, she cofounded the Ninth Avenue Food Festival. The mother of three grown children, Nathan lives in Washington, D.C., and Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, attorney Allan Gerson.

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PR 06-199
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