Thrilled to be honored as Grande Dame!

I'm very happy to announce Les Dames d'Escoffier has awarded me as the 2015 Grande Dame. I'm incredibly excited and honored to be recognized, and would like to thank all of those who have helped me get this far in my culinary career. 

Read more about the award from Tablet Magazine and Les Dames' DC chapter site. 

Thank you to all!





An Iraqi Breakfast

An Iraqi Breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Iraqi breakfast at Nawal Nasrallah's home, with her husband Shakir. So delicious!





My hummus for an AFI Reception

My hummus for an AFI Reception

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the AFI Reception for my son's Thesis Directing Debut.





Visiting Israel

Visiting Israel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A tour of the Galil Mountain Winery in Israel. Of course, we tasted the wine after the tour!





Testing Putterkuchen for my new book

Testing Putterkuchen for my new book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few friends dropped by to help me taste variations of Putterkuchen for my new book.





Christina Tosi’s Funfetti Cake

Christina Tosi’s Funfetti Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A demolished Christina Tosi funfetti cake for an engagement party. Delicious.





Dinner at Big Bear Cafe

Dinner at Big Bear Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying a cavatelli salad with morels, fava beans, blistered asparagus, carrot butter & ricotta salata at Big Bear Cafe in Washington, D.C.





Passover Seder table, all set

Passover Seder table, all set

Scenes from last night's Seder. Happy Passover!





Making Matzo Balls on NPR’s Morning Edition

I talked to Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition about Passover, just a few of the food symbolisms, and, of course, matzo balls! Listen to the intervew and get my recipe for matzo balls here.

And have a happy Passover!





Cake for Jacques!

Cake for Jacques!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Sacher Torte, decorated with the helping hands from Martha's Table, for Jacques Pépin's 80 cakes birthday celebration at the IACP conference. An unforgettable evening!





Joan's Recipes

"Chestnuts with Onions and Prunes"
from Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France


"Huevos Haminados or Baked Eggs Jewish Style"
from Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France


"Harissa - Tunisian Hot Chili Sauce"
from Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France


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