$500 truffles, Caviar and Vodka: The Over-the-Top Thanksgiving You’re Not Having! Cookbook Author Judie Choate Explains.

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White truffles, the turkey and caviar from Judith Choate’s son Chris’s extravagant Thanksgiving dinner, as seen in “An American Family Cooks” by Judith Choate. Photos by Steve Pool.

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An American Family Cooks by Judith Choate (Welcome Books)

After authoring, co-authoring and ghostwriting over 100 books–including a number by celebrity chefs such as Charlie Palmer, David Burke, and Jacques Torres–Judith Choate turned to her family journal to write the cookbook she’s always wanted to write. In An American Family Cooks, Judie shares an inviting collection of time-tested “fancy, some not-so-fancy, and some just plain everyday” recipes, lovingly interwoven with fondly recalled kitchen anecdotes.

Below is an excerpt from the book’s Thanksgiving chapter, in which Judie lays out the ambitiously extravagant (3 turkeys! $500 truffles! Caviar!) family Thanksgiving dinner presented by her San Francisco-based son, wine professional and co-author, Christopher Choate.

In the years that we don’t have the West-Coast Choates home for Christmas [Judie lives in NYC], we usually go to San Francisco to celebrate Thanksgiving with them. And even some years when we do expect them back East, we pack up and head west in November anyway.

As over the top as [my other son] Mickey’s celebrations and dinners are, Chris’s traditional Thanksgivings can give them a run for the money.

Unlike anyone I know, Chris makes three turkeys: the first for a friend who does wine pairings for his customers, the second for a complete Thanksgiving dinner on the Sunday before the holiday so he will have leftovers to nosh on all week, and then the final bird for the big day. Can you imagine?

When Chris moved to California, I think he got quite homesick when the holidays rolled around, so he, just as I once did, began to make traditions of his own. What started as a small group of mostly single (I think Chris was the only married guy) young folks gathering to make a home-style Thanksgiving feast has grown into a much-anticipated all-day affair. When the event ballooned to almost a hundred, as wives, husbands, children, and in-laws slowly joined the group, the hosting house (of Doug Collister and Babs Yamanaka, Chris’s best friends) decided that it had expanded a bit too much for comfort. It has since decreased to a much more manageable head count with just a few families participating, but it is no less of a culinary adventure, which begins in the morning and continues through the evening hours.

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Two-Time James-Beard-Award Winning Author Judith Choate Visits The Bay Area To Celebrate The Publication Of Her Newest Cookbook, AN AMERICAN FAMILY COOKS

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Judie and her family, doing what they love best. From “An American Family Cooks” by Judith Choate (Welcome Books) Photos by Steve Pool

AFC_cover_medSan Francisco, CA – October 23, 2013 – On November 18th at 6pm, culinary legend Judith Choate will be at San Francisco’s Book Passage signing copies of her new book, An American Family Cooks (Welcome Books) and sharing tales and tips from her colorful 50-year career in the food world.

And just in time for Thanksgiving, on November 23rd, Choate will demonstrate some of her favorite holiday recipes at Sur La Table during the Saturday Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building from 10am to 2pm. For more event details please click here.

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After authoring, co-authoring and ghostwriting over 100 books–including those by a slew of celebrity chefs, among them, Charlie Palmer, David Burke, Jacques Torres, and Patti Labelle, Judie Choate has finally turned to her private trove of family recipes, cooking tips, and kitchen memories to bring us the one book she has always most wanted to write. An American Family Cooks (October 1, Welcome Books) is an inviting collection of some “fancy, some not-so-fancy, and some just plain everyday” dishes that have nurtured and sustained the Choate family for generations, lovingly interlaced with Choate’s fondly recollected culinary anecdotes, spanning from her childhood on the farm, to coming of age in San Francisco, to raising a family in Manhattan, to spending her golden summers in upstate New York.

In An American Family Cooks, Choate is joined by three generations of relatives, including her food-photographer husband, Steve Poole, and her formidably epicurean sons: San Francisco wine professional Christopher Choate and culinary Francophile Michael Choate, a literary agent representing writers in the world of literature and food.

Though she’s called the same New York City apartment home for over fifty years, for Choate, San Francisco remains a very special city. Not only does her youngest son Chris reside in the Bay Area (whose culinary talents lean Italian), but it was once Choate’s home, as well, when as a young eight-year-old-girl, she moved with her mother from rural Colorado to live with her older brother in 1940’s San Francisco. It was here that Choate’s cultural and culinary world exploded, as she was introduced to a whole new collection of flavors, customs, and experiences.

Writes Choate in her Introduction: “The most astounding result of our move was the availability of so many new and different ingredients, cuisines, and culinary traditions. San Francisco had a well-known Chinatown, and the city’s Italian population and fishing industry also were substantial. Russian River was aptly named. Our neighbors were Lebanese, German, Swedish, and Mexican. So many nationalities, each with special foods and celebrations to share.”

Every year, Choate and her husband Steve (the book’s photographer) travel west to spend the Thanksgiving holidays with Chris and his family—a tradition that is joyfully chronicled in An American Family Cooks.

Media Contact: Katrina Fried, Associate Publisher, 707-559-5419, katrina@welcomebooks.com

For more about An American Family Cooks, including a Q&A please visit the website.

With apple season just around the corner, try Judie’s Apple Pizza (below). Just one of over 100 recipes in An American Family Cooks. Continue reading

In Stores 10/22: ABC’s DR. JAY ADLERSBERG Delivers Gorgeous Debut Coffee Table Book, a Love Letter to IRELAND

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WABC-TV’s Favorite Doctor Steps out From in Front of the Camera and Goes Behind it

Dr. Jay Ben Adlersberg’s Ireland In Word and Image is a Love Letter to the Emerald Isle

IRELAND_cover_wAlersberg_72New York, NY – October 22, 2013 –A familiar face to millions of New Yorkers as the Health and Medical Reporter of ABC 7′s Eyewitness News, on October 22 Dr. Jay Adlersberg unveiled his inner Renaissance Man with the release of his debut coffee table photo book, Ireland: In Word and Image (Welcome Books).

In Ireland, Jay Ben Adlersberg (as a photographer, he uses his full name) brings forth 160 deeply atmospheric images to accompany over forty powerfully evocative texts (selected by editor Samantha Bowser) from the Emerald Isle’s greatest writers, poets and essayists, including James Joyce, Frank McCourt, W.B. Yeats.

Adlersberg’s talent for reducing the most complex medical news to straightforward layman’s terms on camera has translated brilliantly into an ability to present readers with a big picture view of Ireland that clearly captures both the island’s mystical ancient past and vibrant contemporary spirit. Ireland is at once an introduction and a love letter to a country that is the ancestral home to nearly 34.5 million Irish-Americans. (That’s seven times the population of Ireland itself 4.68 million).

Images of Paleolithic monuments, medieval castles, quiet fishing villages, and bustling cities are eloquently woven into a captivating portrait and compelling invitation. Ireland has won raves from Tourism Ireland, “Jay’s images of the country fire the readers imagination of what it would be like to experience Ireland first hand,” and praise from CNN’s Father Edward L. Beck, “The deep soul and spirit of this luminous country is evident on each finely wrought page of this book. A wonder to behold and to be treasured.”

Doctors who are also acclaimed photographers are indeed a rare breed, but Jay’s in good company: Howard Schatz, an ophthalmologist and photographer has published numerous books celebrating the human form, the latest of which, Caught In The Act: Actors Acting was just released October 7.

A contributing artist to Getty Images, Jay Ben Adlersberg’s clients include Microsoft, Saatchi and Saatchi, Macmillan, and the New York Times. Jay has been voted one of the “Best Doctors in New York” by New York Magazine. He lives in New York City. To view Jay’s work, visit www.jaybenimages.com.

Preview and order Ireland at www.welcomebooks.com/ireland

Welcome Books® is a publisher of distinctive, exquisitely crafted visual books on a variety of subjects, distributed by Random House.

“An American Family Cooks” by Judith Choate: After 100 Cookbooks, Celebrity Cookbook Author Writes One From The Heart

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Judie and her family, doing what they love best. From “An American Family Cooks” by Judith Choate (Welcome Books) Photos by Steve Pool

AFC_cover_medNew York, NY – September 24, 2013 – After writing over 100 cookbooks–including a slew by celebrity chefs including Charlie Palmer, David Burke, Jacques Torres and Patti Labelle, James Beard Award-winning author Judith Choate turned to her family journal to write the cookbook she’s always wanted to write.

In stores today, An American Family Cooks (Welcome Books), Choate is joined by three generations of relatives, including her food-photographer husband, Steve Pool, and her formidably epicurean sons: San Francisco wine professional Christopher Choate and culinary Francophile Michael Choate, a literary agent representing writers in the world of literature and food.

This inviting collection of some “fancy, some not-so-fancy, and some just plain everyday” dishes is lovingly interlaced with Choate’s fondly recollected kitchen anecdotes, spanning from her childhood on the farm, to coming of age in San Francisco, to raising a family in Manhattan, to spending her golden summers in upstate New York.

With combined culinary influences that range from classic comfort food, to fine French cuisine, to traditional Italian fare, to local and organic ingredient-driven cooking, to lusciously baked desserts, the Choate family’s diverse repertoire of recipes reflects the passions and experiences of three generations of gifted cooks.

An American Family Cooks marks the culmination of a vibrant culinary career that spans more than fifty years and over 100 cookbooks. For the first time Judie brings us the most treasured meals and practical advice from her own kitchen and private menus, most of which have never been published before.

Part memoir, part cookbook, part modern family album, this beautifully photographed (by Choate’s husband) and illustrated (by lifelong friend Stephen Kolyer) volume offers us a coveted seat at the Choates’ dinner table and invites us to experience the warmth, laughter, bickering, and joy that happens when families cook together.

A family cookbook, yes, but one reassuringly bound with expert authority and generations of love.

Apple Pizza Recipe

With apple season just around the corner, try Judie’s Apple Pizza (below). Just one of over 100 recipes in An American Family Cooks. Continue reading

Say Cheers this 4th of July with a great Margarita from Judie Choate’s Forthcoming Cookbook, An American Family Cooks!

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Put a little sip n zip in your 4th of July weekend with Chris Choate’s top shelf Margarita from  from the forthcoming cookbook, An American Family Cooks by Judith Choate with Michael and Christopher Choate (Welcome Books, October 2013). Cheers!

Chris’s Margarita

Chris: Even though I started my career in a surfer-themed bar with really, really good Tex-Mex food, it wasn’t until I moved west and experienced the true margarita, as it was originally made in the 1940s, that I became a margarita fan. There are only three high-quality ingredients used in equal parts. This is an unadulterated recipe that has nothing to do with the chain-restaurant frozen drink. Simple, delish, and well-balanced.

Salt, to coat the rim of the glass

1/4 cup Herradura Silver tequila

1/4 cup Cointreau

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Wet the edge of a large martini glass and then dip it into salt. The salt should just lightly coat about 1/2 of the rim. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, liqueur, and juice; shake and shake until your hand is freezing, and then shake a little longer. Taste for balance, and if it is too tart, add a tiny amount of superfine sugar and shake again. Strain into the prepared glass and serve.

Welcome Books Picks Up Five out of Five Major Book Awards

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Awards & Nominations Stack Up from IPPY, Next Generation, Nautilus,
James Beard, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year

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New York, NY, May 8, 2013 – Small, but mighty, Manhattan-based, Random House-distributed Welcome Books has reeled in a clutch of prestigious awards and nominations for four of their Fall 2012 titles.

We’ve been incredibly lucky in the past but five out of five is magnificent. Bravo creators!” exclaimed Welcome Books founder and publisher, Lena Tabori.

The awards and award nominations bestowed on Welcome Books 2012 titles are as follows:

Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing The World One Nonprofit At a Time by Katrina Fried, Photographs by Paul Mobley

  • Nautilus Gold Grand Winner, General Adult
  • Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist, Social Sciences*
  • IPPY Outstanding Book of the Year, Most Likely to Save the Planet

The American Nurse: Photographs & Interviews by Carolyn Jones

  • Nautilus Silver Award, Photography/Art category
  • Foreword Reviews Book of the Year, Social Sciences, finalist*
  • Indie Next Generation Book Award, Coffee Table Book/Photography

Afield: Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish by Jesse Griffiths, with photographs by Jody Horton

  • IPPY Bronze Award in the Cookbook category
  • James Beard Foundation Book Awards, Nominee Finalist
  • Foreword Reviews Book of the Year, Cooking, finalist*

Artists in Love: From Picasso & Gilot to Christo & Jeanne-Claude – A Century of Creative and Romantic Partnerships by Veronica Kavass

  • IPPY Gold Award in the Fine Arts category
  • Foreword Reviews Book of the Year, Art, finalist*

*Winners will be announced at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, on June 28th.

More about the various awards after the jump. See current and previous award-winning Welcome Books titles here.

Media Contact: Andy Reynolds, 212-989-3200, andy@welcomebooks.com

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Through May 2013: Chelsea Market’s FUNNY FOOD ART EXHIBIT gets Kids Laughing and Thinking about Eating Healthy

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April 16, 2013, New York, NY – Going on now through the end of May at the Chelsea Market Concourse is the Funny Food Art Exhibit. Photographs by Bill Wurtzel from the healthy-eating book for kids, Funny Food: 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfasts (Welcome Books) by Bill and his wife, Claire Wurtzel.

The FREE exhibition includes 40 hilarious photographs of characters, cars, and portraits, made using healthy ingredients from everyday breakfasts you know and love. From laughing bagels, fruity beauties and nutty professors to food-faced celebrities like Mona Lisa (Plumalisa), the show is tasty fun for the whole family.

Swing by with the kids and get ready to laugh out loud, especially when they see your face through the Funny Food portrait cut-out! It’s healthy and happy fun.

The Funny Food book is available at Chelsea Market bookstore, Posman Books. More about Funny Food at www.funnyfoodart.com. Visit Funny Food on Facebook.

imageWho: Photographer Bill Wurtzel
What: The Funny Food Art Exhibit
Where: Chelsea Market Concourse, 75 Ninth Ave. between 15 & 16 Streets. (212) 243-6005.
When: Now through May 2013Monday – Saturday 7:00am – 9:00pm; Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm.
FREE
Website: www.funnyfoodart.com