I have been doing lots of appearances this spring and summer to celebrate the launch of my new RHUBARB book. Those are winding down--but I'm still available if you're interested in a fun talk with nibbles.
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 approximately every other week in the warmer months of the year. My next appearance will take place on Monday, October 1. I'll work with apples.
Saturday, May 26, was my book launch! It was named HAWLEY RHUBARB DAY by the selectmen in my hamlet of Hawley, Massachusetts. We had a glorious time!
On Thursday, September 20, at 6:15 p.m. I will celebrate the end of peach season with an ALL-PEACH class at the Baker's Pin in Northampton, Massachusetts. To register, visit the store's website or call 413-586-7978.
On Wednesday, October 3, between 12:30 and 1 p.m. I'll return to cook on CT Style, a lifestyle television program in New Haven, Connecticut. I'm not sure yet what I'll make--but it will be delicious! I'll stay in Connectictut through that evening, at 7 p.m. to talk about food writing (and serve some nibbles) at the Booth Library in Newtown. This event will be part of the annual Newtown Arts Festival.
On Saturday, October 6, at 12:30 p.m. I'll participate in the Shaker Kitchen Festival at Hancock Shaker Village. I'll talk, serve a nibble, sign books, and perhaps croon a little tune.
On Wednesday, October 17, at 6:30 p.m. I'll be talking about The Pudding Hollow Cookbook (and food writing in general!) at the Storrs Library in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Nibbles will OF COURSE be served.
On Thursday, October 25, at 10 a.m. I will address the Thursday Morning Club at the Greenfield (Massachusetts) Public Library. I haven't quite chosen my topic, but it might be the ways in which food and food writing are relevant in a troubled world.
And on Thursday, November 8, at 6:15 p.m. I'll teach my final course of the year at the Baker's Pin in Northampton, Massachusetts. "Everything But the Turkey" will offer an appetizer, a salad, a side dish, a bread, a chutney, and a delicious dessert to inspire cooks for Thanksgiving. To register, visit the cooking school's website or call 413-586-7978.
Did I mention that I SING as well as cook? On Saturday, August 25, pianist Jerry Noble and I presented A CENTURY OF SONGS AND SINGERS, a musical tribute to songs, songwriters, and singers born in 1918. The date would have been Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday! So we performed some of his songs, along with favorites written or sung by Alan Jay Lerner, Pearl Bailey, Dick Haymes, Robert Preston, Joe Williams, and my late mother Jan. It was magical evening!
Donations at the door went toward helping maintain the church's lovely baby-grand piano (with a small percentage going to the musicians). If you'd like to hear me speak about the program (and about the experience of singing older songs in general), you can listen to this radio preview.
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.
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/NEPR:
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!)
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.