Upcoming Appearances and Demonstrations
January 24, 2021, 4-5pm EST
The first in a series of cooking classes to inspire your holiday celebrations, Leah Koenig will teach “a date with nuts & chocolate!”, to get you in the mood for Tu B’shevat, the new year for trees. Learn to make Persian jeweled rice and chocolate dipped figs. (Recipes provided in advance for those who want to cook along. The class is $30/pre-register here.
February 2, 2021, 7pm CST / 8pm EST
Jews have lived and cooked all over the world, and their cuisine tells the tale of delicious diversity. In this interactive Zoom event, cookbook author Leah Koenig will discuss the Jewish cuisines of India, Ethiopia, and Rome, and will demonstrate how to make pizza Ebraica, a sweet, fruit and nut studded bar cookie from Rome's Jewish ghetto. The recipe (with optional, gluten-free substitutions) will be shared with participants in advance for those who want to bake along. The class is $18/pre-register here.
Boureka Demo w/ American Jewish Committee
February 24, 2021, 5pm EST
March 21, 2021, 6:30pm PST / 9:30 EST
Join me as we explore how we can take our Passover foods to the next level. I will present a live demonstration of two dishes ( recipes will be provided). Get ready to learn how to craft a delicious mina (Sephardic matzo pie with leeks, dill, and feta), and a sweet and simple dessert of chocolate dipped figs. Registration is free/pre-register here.
March 23, 2021, 11am EST
As the oldest Jewish community in Europe, Roman Jews have been celebrating Passover for 22 centuries, digging into delicacies like roast lamb and cod with raisins and pine nuts. This class will focus on Rome's unique Jewish community and its delectable seder dishes. It is part of a larger Passover series also featuring Adeena Sussman, Fany Gerson, and Zoe Kanan. Registration is free/pre-register here.
EVENTS POSTPONED BY COVID-19 (CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES)
March 14, 2020
University of Arizona Campus
Join me for a cooking demonstration and book signing at the Tucson Festival of Books. I will be preparing two dishes from The Jewish Cookbook, talking about the book, and signing copies.
April 2nd, 2020
I'm thrilled to teaming up with the team Abe Fisher (part of Michael Solomonov/CookNSolo's Philly restaurant empire) for an exciting dinner. I'm partnering with executive chef Yehuda Sichel to dream up a menu inspired by The Jewish Cookbook. Join us for an evening of delicious food and get a signed copy of the book with your ticket! Check the full menu here and snag a table here.
Selected Past Appearances
December 8, 2020 - 12:30pm EST
Borrowing is at the heart of Jewish cuisine. Throughout history and across the globe, Jewish communities have eaten the foods of their neighbors, adapting these dishes to accommodate the kosher rules and holiday rituals. So how, then - in the absence of well-defined geographical boundaries - does one define what makes a particular dish "Jewish?" In this talk, we will explore and gently push the boundaries of Jewish food, focusing on the distinct but interrelated cuisines of three Jewish communities: Ethiopia, Rome, and India.
Sept 1, 2020 - 4pm Mountain Time (6pm EST)
The Jewish New Year brings with it the hopes for sweetness ahead - and what better way to share those wishes than with a slice of something sweet? Join me and the Boulder JCC for a cooking demo that goes way beyond honey cake. Learn to make two globally-inspired desserts - glazed plum cake and marzipan-stuffed dates - for your holiday table. Recipes will be available in advance of the class for those interested in cooking along. Register here.
Sept 8, 2020 - 7:30-8:30pm PST (10:30-11:30 EST)
The first Jewish cookbook published in America was Esther Levy’s Jewish Cookery Book, published in 1871. Since then, Jewish cookbooks have played a central role in American Jewish life – helping to preserve and pass down traditions, and push the boundaries of what Jewish cuisine can and should taste like. In this talk, we will examine how Jewish cookbooks have evolved through the centuries. Event is free but please register for the Zoom link here.
Sept 9, 2020 - 7:30-9:30pm EST
Whip up some fall goodness with me and Zingerman's! I'll demo a North African seven vegetable tagine from Modern Jewish Cooking, and a sunset-colored Sephardic pumpkin challah (pan de calabaza) from The Jewish Cookbook. Feel free to cook and bake along (recipes will be provided in advance), or just enjoy the demonstration. Register here.
October 15, 2020 - 6pm-7:15pm EST
I'm so excited to pair up with Milk Street again - this time virtually! - to teach one of my favorite classes about Jewish cuisine's love affair with savory pastries. In this 75-minute class, we will delve into the history of these pastries and learn to make Sephardic spinach/feta bourekas and Hungarian cabbage strudel. Registration is $19.95 early bird/$24.95 regular, and recipes will be provided so you can cook along. Register here.
May 9, 2020 - 1:30pm EST
Join me and cookbook author Adeena Sussman for a conversation about The Jewish Cookbook and the state of global Jewish cuisine. The event will be hosted by Now Serving, LA's beloved cookbook shop.
May 26, 2020, 2pm EST
From May 19-28, the brightest and most beloved names of the Jewish food world will gather (virtually, of course!) for an exciting series of cooking classes, panels, tours of their own cookbook shelves, and more. Join me on May 26 in my own kitchen when I'll be making dishes beloved by Rome's historic Jewish Community. Deep fried artichokes are only the beginning.
January 29, 2020, 7:30pm
@Skirball Cultural Center
Los Angeles, LA
Brisket, latkes, and matzo ball soup only tell a fraction of Jewish cuisine’s story. Journey around the globe and through diverse flavors at this cooking demonstration by culinary expert Leah Koenig, marking the publication of her new work The Jewish Cookbook. From Georgia’s tangy beef and walnut soup, to Rome’s nut and dried fruit–studded cookies, to Hungary’s tender cabbage strudel, experience the recipes and flavors that taste like home for Jewish communities—wherever they may be.
November 17, 2019, 2-6pm
In this hands-on class, students will learn the surprising origin behind the gorgeous, braided bread and examine its evolution throughout history. Then, they will get elbow deep in flour while preparing three distinct takes on traditional challah as well as a variety of spreads and jams served on Jewish tables around the world. The ticket price includes a copy of The Jewish Cookbook.
December 3, 2019, 1-3:30pm
@ De Gustibus Cooking School (at Macy's)
New York City, NY
Join celebrated cookbook author Leah Koenig for an edible afternoon tour of the world of Jewish cooking. All dishes will be sourced from The Jewish Cookbook — Koenig’s new, 400+ recipe collection, which offers a definitive snapshot of how Jewish communities eat today, from Morocco to Mexico and Italy to India. This class will share the history and techniques to help participants bring the diverse and delicious flavors of Jewish cuisine back to their own kitchens. All dishes will be strictly kosher. See the full menu here.
September 12, 2019, 6-8pm
Join The Jewish Food Society and Phaidon to celebrate the launch of The Jewish Cookbook! The evening will include a conversation between Leah and Jewish Food Society founder Naama Shefi, plus bites inspired by the book and wine + kvass on tap. The ticket price includes a signed copy of the cookbook. *Thanks to Grow & Behold and Soom for co-sponsoring!
w/ Jake Cohen
September 17, 2019 11am
Join me and Feedfeed Editorial and Test Kitchen Director Jake Cohen online as we cook together live from The Jewish Cookbook.
w/ Adeena Sussman, and Einat Admony
September 19, 2019, 7pm
@ San Francisco JCC
San Francisco, CA
Three renowned cooks and cookbook authors join together to discuss the complex nuances of Jewish food and culture, with roots in Persia, Yemen, Libya, the Balkans, the Levant and all the regions that contribute to the evolving food scene in Israel and the diaspora. The JCC's Rabbi Zac Kamenetz moderates this lively conversation.
TISH Jewish Food Festival
October 16-20, 2019
Join celebrated New York City-based cookbook author Leah Koenig for a soulful, vibrant, and intimate Shabbat dinner experience at Bistro Charlotte. Focusing on recipes from Koenig's newest work, The Jewish Cookbook, the meal will reach back in time and around the globe, featuring diverse flavors from the heart of Jewish cuisine. Sit down at the table with friends new and old, raise a glass of wine, and celebrate Shabbat in style.
w/ Adeena Sussman, and Gabriella Gershenson
November 12, 2019, 7:30pm
@ Symphony Space
New York City, NY
Two of the most influential authorities on Jewish cooking today, Leah Koenig, author of Modern Jewish Cooking and the new The Jewish Cookbook, and best-selling author Adeena Sussman, whose cookbook, Sababa, comes out this fall, discuss the intricacies of Jewish food identity, from Israeli cooking to the diaspora, with James Beard Award-nominated food journalist Gabriella Gershenson. A book signing will follow.
July 23, 2019, 7pm
@ Saul's Delicatessen
Tickets ($10, includes snacks and wine)
Join me at Saul's Delicatessen in a celebration of Little Book of Jewish Sweets (Chronicle Books, 2019) publication! Drink a glass of wine, get a signed copy of the book, and enjoy treats from the book like Orange and Chocolate Rugelach, Mocha Black and White Cookies, and Cardamom-Pistachio Stuffed Dates. I'll be joined by Saul's co-owner Peter Levitt for a conversation about sweets and the culture of Jewish food. The lovely folks from Books Inc will also be there selling copies.
August 8, 2019, 6:30-8pm
@ Book Larder
Join me at Seattle's wonderful culinary book store to celebrate the Little Book of Jewish Sweets! I'll be talking about Jewish baking, offer treats to try, and sign copies of the book, as well as my other cookbooks.
May 19, 2019, 2-6pm
I'm the keynote speaker at this fun, afternoon festival celebrating food and Jewish culture. During the event, I will co-lead a conversation with Liz Rueven (Kosher Like Me) called: "What Makes Food Jewish Anyway?" I will also lead a cooking demonstration called Everything But the Challah: The Jewish Mezze Table, featuring recipes from Little Book of Jewish Appetizers.
November 27, 2018, 7pm
@JCC of Greater Kansas City
Kansas City, KS
Join me at the JCC of Greater Kansas City for a Hanukkah cocktail party, cooking demonstration, and book signing. Learn to make smoked trout canapes, a zucchini and herb kuku (frittata), and other delicious bites that will transform your potato latke fest into a bonafide feast.
February 23-25, 2018
@New York Hilton Midtown
New York, NY
Travel, late nights, deadlines and enticing last-minute opportunities are all important aspects of a career in the culinary world. None are particularly compatible with raising children. In this candid and interactive discussion with Leah Koenig, Matt Gross, and Emily Paster, those of us juggling culinary careers and kids will have the opportunity to share our strategies for success and support one another.
March 3, 2018, 7pm
West Lebanon, NJ
Raise a glass of wine, nosh on shiitake-scallion falafel and brown-sugar citrus gravlax, and enjoy an interactive cooking demo with Leah and Mark Drabich, owner of the gorgeous fish and specialty food shop, Metropolitan Seafood. Leah will sell and sign cookbooks after the demo.
March 15, 2018, 6:30pm
@Streicker Center | Temple Emanu-El
New York, NY
Love it or hate it, gefilte fish is almost synonymous with American Jewish food and, despite its humble Eastern European beginnings, has become a staple in popular culture. Join me, food writer Gabriella Gershenson, and The Gefilteria co-founders, Jeffery Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern, for a conversation about Jewish tradition's most beloved and reviled food.
December 8, 2017, 6-10pm
New York, NY
Potato latkes may be the star of many Hanukkah tables, but when it comes to throwing an epic holiday party, they are just the beginning. Join me in preparing an updated take on classic latkes and an array of crunchy, bright, and festive apps that will elevate a Hanukkah party - or any holiday celebration. On the menu: smoky sweet potato hummus, fried olives with labneh and harissa, smoked trout canapes, zucchini and herb kuku, latkes with cinnamon sour cream and apple chutney, and more. *In honor of this class being held on Shabbat, challah and wine will be served when the class sits down for the meal.
December 14, 2017, 7:30pm
@Skirball Cultural Center
Los Angeles, LA
Ring in the Hanukkah season with this grown-up take on a traditional Jewish holiday celebration. Sip whiskeys, sample tasty bites, and schmooze with other guests. Then, whiskey connoisseur Dan Friedman (Executive Editor, The Forward) and I will lead a talk and cooking demonstration. Cookbooks will be available for purchase/signing.
Sept 13, 2017, 7:00pm
@Shelsky's Appetizing & Delicatessen
Celebrate the release of my newest cookbook! Raise a glass of wine, nosh on borscht crostini and smoked trout canapes, and get a signed copy of the sweetest little cookbook. We will be joined by Sandcatchers, who will play their gorgeous Middle East-meets Americana music. Food, music, and books - what could be better? (Kosher food will be available.)
Sept 17, 2017, 11am
@Schwartz/Reisman Centre JCC
Join me and celebrated Toronto food writer Bonnie Stern for a delicious brunch and conversation about the modern Jewish food movement. Brunch will feature several recipes from Modern Jewish Cooking, including Smoked Salmon Hash and Savory French Toast with Za'atar Butter. The Middle East-Meets Americana band, Sandcatchers will also perform.
December 7, 2016, 7pm
Potato latkes may be the star of the Hanukkah table, but when it comes to throwing an epic holiday party, they are just the beginning. Join Leah Koenig, author of Modern Jewish Cooking, for a delicious new taste of the Festival of Lights. Learn how to make low stress, high-impact Hanukkah appetizers from crunchy fried olives with labneh and harissa, to lemony smoked trout crostini. Then round out the evening with new friends, more nibbles, and a glass of wine by the light of the menorah.
June 26-July 1, 2016
The Krakow Jewish Festival is one of Europe's leading festivals of Jewish music and culture. At this year's festival, I will be leading several cooking demonstrations around the theme of Modern Shabbat, and hosting an intimate and eclectic pop-up Shabbat dinner.
Aug 15, 2016 - 6pm
@Institute for Culinary Education
225 Liberty Street, NY
When it comes to Jewish food, pastrami and matzo ball soup are tried and true-but they only tell part of the story. A new generation of innovative chefs and home cooks across the country are finding creative ways to update familiar classics for the 21st-century table. Join me for a taste of this globally and seasonally inspired nouveau Jewish cuisine. Dishes the class will make include: 20 Cloves of Garlic Borscht, Concia (Roman-Jewish garlic-marinated zucchini), Potato Latkes with Apple-Date Chutney, Kasha Varnishkes (buckwheat and bowtie noodles), Roast Chicken with Fennel and Orange, and Pomegranate Molasses Meatballs.
August 22-28, 2016
Join me for two cooking sessions during this week-long Klezmer music and culture festival. The first will focus on the foods of Rome's ancient Jewish ghetto. The second will take a deeper look at a woefully overlooked meal within Jewish cuisine: breakfast. Both classes will have a hands-on component.
Greenmarket Cooking Demo
@Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Come on out Labor Day Weekend for a cooking demonstration at Brooklyn's largest and most vibrant . I'll be focusing on fresh, seasonal produce available at the market - cookbooks available.
Modern Jewish Cooking Book Party @The EatWith Test Kitchen
The EatWith Test Kitchen
Join me in the gorgeous test kitchen at EatWith's headquarters for a cookbook launch party featuring dishes from the Modern Jewish Cooking. Grab a bite, reminisce about your bubbe's ethereal (or terrible!) matzo balls, and stick around to get your cookbook signed. Didn't grow up eating Jewish food? No worries. If you crave all things briny, creamy, tangy, crisp, and soul satisfying, you are warmly invited to raise a glass of (kosher!) Prosecco and dig in.
Cooking Up Culture: A Food Writer Panel
@ PowerHouse Arena
Three New York cookbook authors - Leah Koenig (Modern Jewish Cooking, Chronicle Books), Louisa Shafia (The New Persian Kitchen, Ten Speed) and Cathy Erway (The Food of Taiwan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) join Wall Street Journal Food & Drinks editor, Beth Kracklauer for a panel about choosing to explore their food heritages and the joys, challenges, and responsibilities that come with it.
Jewish Book Fair & Food Festival
@London JCC, London, Ontario
Join me for a Hanukkah cooking demonstration on Saturday night - featuring recipes from my first and forthcoming cookbooks. Then Sunday, bring the kids for a children's baking program.
Jewish Food Ethics: Dinner, Discussion and Demonstration
@Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway, NYC
Join Professor David Kraemer and author Leah Koenig for a discussion about Jewish food ethics, followed by a demonstration of two ethical and Passover-friendly recipes.
Chef Einat Admony and Cookbook Author Leah Koenig: A Conversation
@Mid-Manhattan Library, 445 W. 40th st, NYC
Join celebrated chef and author of the new Balaboosta cookbook, Einat Admony, in conversation with food writer and cookbook author, Leah Koenig. The two will talk about life, love, food - particularly Admony's inventive take on Middle Eastern and Israeli cuisine - and what it means to be a modern-day balaboosta (Yiddish for perfect housewife.) A book signing and author greeting will follow.