Once Upon a Bagel: Joan Nathan Will Tell All About "The Secret Life of the Bagel"

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Joan Nathan

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS., Jan. 2, 2002 – Cookbook author Joan Nathan will give a talk, “The Roll with the Hole: The Secret Life of the Bagel” at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 in the Jewish Religious Center on the Williams campus. The public is cordially invited.

Her television series, “Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan,” based on her award-winning cookbook uses food as a way to portray the culture and history of the Jewish experience in America. In 1995, the book won the Julia Child Award for Best Cookbook of the Year from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, as well as the James Beard Award for Food of the Americas. The television series, a co-production with Maryland Public Television and Frappe Inc., was nominated in 2000 for the James Beard Award for Best National Television Food Show.

She is the author of five other books, including “The Jewish Holiday Baker,” “The Children’s Jewish Holiday Kitchen,” “The Jewish Holiday Kitchen,” and “The Flavor of Jerusalem” (with Judy Stacey Goldman). In 1985, her “American Folklife Cookbook” received the R.T. French Tastemaker Award.

Nathan contributes frequently to such publications as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Food Arts, Food and Wine Magazine, and Hadassah Magazine.

A founding member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, Nathan was inducted into The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America in 2001 and received a Golda Award in 1995 from the American Jewish Congress for her accomplishments and creative contributions to the quality of life in Washington, D.C.