The Food Maven Diary
Awards Update, Schwartz on Radio and Internet
Ho hum! Another day, another award nomination. Last week, on top of a nomination for best American-subject cookbook from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and one from the American Library Association for the book's contribution to Yiddish literature (Hoo ha!), "Arthur Schwartz's Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited" was nominated for a James Beard cookbook award, also in the American subject category. I'll have to wait until early April for the judgment of the IACP, early May for Beard, and I have yet to learn when the ALA awards its Sophie Brody Medal. As they say in Hollywood, it's an honor just to be nominated.
SCHWARTZ ON THE RADIO AND INTERNET
For the first time since I abruptly left WOR in August 2004, I will be on the air with my former radio wife, Joan Hamburg. I'll be joining her for her monthly Sardi's broadcast on April 1, next Wednesday. I'm told I'll be on the air at noon for about 30 minutes. Unfortunately, I can't stay longer because I have to run off to give a luncheon speech, but Joan promises me more time in the future.
Right now, this very minute, you can listen to a Passover podcast that I recorded last year for www.TheCityCook.com. I do go on and on and on - and so clearly and fluently. I must confess that I owe my articulateness (is that a word?) to Kate McDonough, my interviewer and the editor of TheCityCook.com. She edited her questions out of the podcast and made me sound like I know what I am talking about. You'll find the podcast, Cooking for Passover, featured at the top of TheCityCook.com's home page.
Next Thursday, April 2, I'll be on Lucinda Scala Quinn's radio program on the Sirius Martha Stewart network. I'll be talking about preparing for Passover from 4 to 5 p.m. You can call in with your questions, too.
I just discovered that You Tube is running an Al Jazeera TV documentary on the Street Food of New York City that I participated in last summer. I am briefly in both of the two parts, credited as a food historian (who me?). The documentary is less about food than the Middle Eastern men who operate most of the city's food carts. It is extremely well done. As far as I am concerned, it's only bias is a human bias, supportive of the immigrants who work the streets selling inexpensive, and, for the most part, wholesome food - sometimes against all odds. It's political only on a local level. It has nothing to do with international affairs. Street Food is, by the way, a regular Al Jazeera English language program. Among the other enlightening and delicious episodes, don't miss the one on Palermo, Sicily. They are all on You Tube.
Don't forget, every Monday morning from 7:35 to 8 a.m. I am live on WHDD, Robin Hood Radio, an NPR affiliate (AM1020, FM91.9) out of Sharon, Connecticut, in Litchfield County. You can listen live on the internet or later in the morning, after 11 a.m., when the segment is podcast on the website. Go to the Robin Hood Radio website and click "On Demand." Then click on my name in the list on the right. The segments are archived back to early June 2008, when I first started.