Joan Nathan

Joan Nathan

Called “the doyenne of Jewish-American food,” Joan Nathan is the author of nine cookbooks, including Jewish Cooking in America and Foods of Israel Today. Jewish Cooking in America won both the James Beard award and the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook of the Year Award in 1994.

Ms. Nathan’s PBS television series, Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan, was nominated in 2000 for the James Beard Award for Best National Television Food Show. She was also senior producer of Passover: Traditions of Freedom, an award-winning documentary sponsored by Maryland Public Television. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she has a master’s degree from Michigan and from the Kennedy School of Government and an honorary doctorate from the Spertus Institute.

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