I will be doing lots of appearances this spring to celebrate the launch of my new RHUBARB book, including book signings, participation in a garden tour, and my book lauch. And of course, I have my regular TV appearances and classes. Here is what I know at the moment about the coming months:
I cook on Mass Appeal every other week in the warmer months of the year. My next appearance will take place on Tuesday, June 5. We will cook with rhubarb, natch.
On Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. I will talk to patrons and sign copies of Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb at the Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, New Hampshire.
On Monday, May 21, I will appear for the first time on the program CT Style in New Haven, Connecticut. (I will cook with rhubarb, OF COURSE!)
Saturday, May 26, has been named HAWLEY RHUBARB DAY by the selectmen in my hamlet of Hawley, Massachusetts. On that day, from 2 to 5 p.m., I will celebrate the launch of my new book (and have fun with rhubarb in general!) with the HAWLEY RHUBARB MATINEE at 84 Middle Road in Hawley, Massachusetts. All are welcome at Hawley's newest culinary event, which promises to be low key but fun. Bring your favorite rhubarb dish, recipe, or anecdote—or just come relax in the country and taste other people’s treats. At 3 p.m. horticultural maven Pat Leuchtman will discuss raising rhubarb. And I plan to sing a song of rhubarb and talk about my love of this much maligned food. Red attire is encouraged but not required. For further information, call 413-339-4747 or email email@example.com.
On Tuesday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m., I will give a talk about rhubarb (and sign copies of my book) at the Dickinson Memorial Library in Northfield, Massachusetts. Nibbles will be served.
On Thursday, May 31, at 6:15 p.m. I'll teach a hands-on rhubarb class at the Baker's Pin in Northampton, Massachusetts. If you're interested in registering, call the cooking school at 413-586-7978. More classes will follow later in the year, including a session focusing on corn.
On Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. I will return to the Baker's Pin for a book signing.
On Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. I will speak about (and cook with!) rhubarb at the Athol Public Library in Athol, Massachusetts. The library has its own demonstration kitchen so this will be fun. Advance registration is required for this event. To sign up, call 413-249-9515.
On Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. I will sign books and serve nibbles at the Museum Store at Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, Massachusetts. This museum village is always worth a visit.
On Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. I will talk, serve nibbles, and of course sign cookbooks at Hancock Shaker Village as part of that museum's farm-and-garden weekend.
On Monday, June 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. I will participate in READLocal, a local-author book-signing event at the Agawam Public Library in Agawam, Massachusetts.
On Wednesday, June 27, at 10:30 a.m. I will talk about rhubarb with those gathered at the Charlemont Senior Center in Charlemont, Massachusetts. The talk will be followed by the group's meal; I plan to bring something sweet for the gang to try.
On Saturday, June 30, I will cook, read, and do whatever is needed as part of the Hawley Garden and Artisans Tour in Hawley, Massachusetts. Tickets are required for this event, which includes a number of stops in my hometown. More information will be available soon.
And on Thursday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. I will speak, serve nibbles, and sign books at the Jacob Edwards Library in Southbridge, Massachusetts.
Did I mention that I SING as well as cook? I don't have a poster yet, but on Saturday, August 25, at 7:30 p.m. pianist Jerry Noble and I will present A CENTURY OF SONGS AND SINGERS, a musical tribute to songs, songwriters, and singers born in 1918. The concert will take place at the Federated Church on Route 2 in Charlemont, Massachusetts. Donations at the door will go toward helping maintain the church's lovely baby-grand piano (with a small percentage going to the musicians).
I love to speak to women’s clubs, libraries, senior centers, book clubs, and other groups. I also enjoy cooking and talking on television and on the radio.
(The photo to the left shows me at my favorite home away from home, the program Mass Appeal in Springfield, Massachusetts, with hosts Lauren Zenzie and Danny New.)
One recent librarian wrote in a thank-you note, “You had such a rapport with the audience it felt as though we all knew you.”
My favorite topics are the life lessons one can learn from caregiving and the ways in which food can connect us to others through memory. I also conduct recipe-writing workshops and organize evenings of group cooking. I'm articulate and funny (if not modest!), and I can always sing in a pinch!
If you’d like to have me talk to your group or your book club, please use the contact form on this site.
And now ... a little video! (You can see more of me on my YouTube channel!)
Below I prepare a spring favorite (dandelion greens!) on Mass Appeal. (I forgot to add salt to the dish on the air but urge you to add a little at home.) Please enjoy my hat!
I was also interviewed a few years back for the public-television program Making It Here. (You get to see my dear late mother Taffy in this clip!)
And a little audio, courtesy of the public-radio station WFCR:
First, a few years back, I manage to grill some satay for the Fourth of July—without burning the house down—with a little help from mother Taffy and Truffle the dog.
From 2011 I report in from the cut-off town of Hawley, Massachusetts, just after Hurricane Irene. (This essay was based on one in my book Pulling Taffy!)
And from 2013, I recall my mother’s love of song.
Finally, here is what one Massachusetts minister wrote about one of my presentations:
It was an amazing program that Tinky Weisblat offered to our community about care-giving in general and about caring for family members with dementia, in particular.... Tinky read from her new book, Pulling Taffy: A Year with Dementia and Other Adventures. It is a year-long journal of family memories and daily stories about caring for Tinky’s mother, Jan (Taffy), in her apartment in Virginia near Tinky’s brother, and here in her home in Hawley. The book is loving and humorous and informative all at once. Others who came to the program shared their own experiences, and I realized how this is such an understated story.... Thank you, Tinky, for bringing the challenges of care-giving to our attention.