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


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.


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.

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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


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

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