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Evolution of Jewish Cooking in America

Tuesday, May 16 at 7 pm


Hear influential figures from the Jewish culinary world come together for a conversation celebrating the rich traditions of Jewish cooking in America and around the globe. Featuring Michael Solomonov, who just won the James Beard Foundation's top chef award, as well as his business partner, co-owner of Zahav, and James Beard Award-winner Steven Cook; James Beard Award-winning prolific cookbook author Joan Nathan, and Saveur Blog of the Year award-winner Molly Yeh. Moderated by food writer and editor Devra Ferst.

Cook and Solomonov’s Zahav, Nathan’s King Solomon’s Table, and Yeh’s Molly on the Range cookbooks will be available for sale and signing. 

Presented with Jewish Learning Venture's One Book, One Jewish Community Project.

$25/$18 Members for program ticket
$55/$48 Members for program ticket PLUS one book of choice*
*Choice of Zahav, King Solomon's Table, or Molly on the Range available with program ticket at checkout. Books will be ready for pickup at the program. To purchase additional books, please visit the Museum Store

Photo credit: Book cover image courtesy of Penguin Random House

One of the country's top restaurateurs and a two-time, 2016 James Beard Award winner for "Best International Cookbook” and "Book of the Year" for his and business partner/co-author Chef Michael Solomonov's first cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, Steven Cook is the co-owner of CookNSolo Restaurants, home to some of Philadelphia’s most distinctive culinary concepts. His culinary mark began with Zahav, the pioneering modern Israeli restaurant that puts the diverse cuisine of Israel on the map, as well as Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, Goldie, and the philanthropic luncheonette, Rooster Soup Co., which donates 100% of its profits to their non-profit partner, Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative. Cook sits on the Executive Council of Broad Street’s Hospitality & Corporate Council, which oversees the Collaborative’s role to provide meals and essential services to Philadelphia’s most vulnerable citizens. Cook is also a co-owner of Dizengoff New York City inside Chelsea Market, and the forthcoming Federal Donuts and Dizengoff Miami opening Spring 2017. Prior to founding CookNSolo, Cook was the owner and executive chef at Marigold Kitchen, where he first partnered with Solomonov. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and the French Culinary Institute, who left a job as an investment banker in New York to return to Philadelphia and pursue a career as a hospitality entrepreneur.

Devra Ferst is a food writer and editor whose work has appeared in Eater, Tasting Table, and The Forward, among other publications. When she is not writing, you can find her in the shuk or arguing about the best babka in New York.

Joan Nathan is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and other publications. She is the author of eleven books, including Jewish Cooking in America and The New American Cooking, both of which won both James Beard Awards and IACP Awards.

Michael Solomonov is the executive chef and co-owner of Philadelphia’s pioneering modern Israeli restaurant, Zahav.  He is the 2011 James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic”, a 2016 James Beard Award winner for “Best International Cookbook” and “Book of the Year” for his and business partner/co-author Steven Cook’s first cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, and the 2017 James Beard Award winner for “Outstanding Chef.”  In 2015, Eater restaurant editor/critic, Bill Addison, named Chef Solomonov the "Genius of Modern Jewish Cooking" and in 2014, asserted that "Zahav defines Israeli cuisine in America" as part of two excellent reviews.  In addition to his duties at Zahav, Chef Solomonov co-owns Philadelphia's Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, Goldie, and the philanthropic Rooster Soup Company, which donates 100% of its profits to the Broad Street Ministry Hospitality Collaborative that provides essential services to Philadelphia's most vulnerable citizens. Solomonov is also co-owner of Dizengoff NYC inside the storied Chelsea Market and the forthcoming Federal Donuts and Dizengoff Miami opening late Spring 2017. Born in Israel and raised in Pittsburgh, Solomonov frequently travels back to Israel.

Molly Yeh is the author of the IACP award-winning cookbook, Molly on the Range, which was one of The New York Times’ top fall cookbook releases of 2016. She is the creator of the food blog, my name is yeh, which showcases recipes inspired by Molly’s Chinese and Jewish roots, her travels near and far, and her upper-Midwest surroundings. my name is yeh was Saveur’s 2015 Blog of the Year and Yahoo’s 2014 Food Blog of the Year. Molly has been featured by The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and New York Magazine, and she has contributed to Vanity Fair, Saveur, Condé Nast Traveler, Lucky Peach, Food52, and as a columnist to the Jewish Daily Forward. She was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2017 and Apartment Therapy’s 10 Under 40 list for 2016. Outside of the kitchen, Molly is a Juilliard-trained percussionist and has performed with orchestras around the world, in off-Broadway theater, and as the glockenspielest for the pop-band San Fermin. She lives on a farm on the North Dakota-Minnesota border with her fifth-generation farmer husband and their little flock of chickens.

Event type:Books & Writers