Author, food columnist, chef and award-winning cooking instructor Tina Wasserman will be available on campus from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, to sign copies of her cookbook, “Entrée to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora.” The signing will take place at The Abbe Center for Jewish Life, 764 S. Main Street, Geneva. Copies of the book will be available for $40 and proceeds from the sale benefit the Abbe Center for Jewish Life Program Fund.
According to the publisher’s notes on the book, “What we eat says so much about who we are and from where we come. Do you like your matzah brie sweet or savory? Is your chicken soup matzah ball or mulligatawny? Does your menu feature a cheese torta or a tofu salad? Wherever Jews have settled, they have adapted local tastes and ingredients to meet the needs of Shabbat and Kashrut, creating a rich and diverse menu of flavors and styles, all still Jewish. In “Entrée to Judaism,” Wasserman leads a “culinary journey around the world and across the ages, from Spain to India, from Russia to Tunisia, sharing the histories and recipes of the great Diaspora communities and the many wonderful ways they have told their stories through food.”
Specializing in contemporary kosher cuisine and trained in nutrition and education, Wasserman holds degrees from Syracuse University and New York University and is a popular food educator in her own cooking school and as a scholar-in-residence in communities across North America. In 1994, she was elected to Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international culinary society that honors women in the food and beverage industry. She is one of only four Dames in the country honored as an expert in Jewish cooking and culinary history. She has been the food columnist for Reform Judaism magazine since 2003. Her writing has been featured in newspapers and magazines throughout the country, and she has appeared on live radio and television and featured on Good Morning America. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, HWS Trustee Dr. Richard L. Wasserman ’70, and is the proud mother of two grown children.