Culinary events are uncertain in 2021, but I'm trying. Be safe, cook and eat well, and don't forget to sing...
Speaking of singing, I had one singing engagement so far this year. Mohawk Trail Concerts gave a series of informal concerts this summer. and the wonderful Jerry Noble and I presented the last concert of the season in late July. Here's a photo of the two of us. (My hair is messy because I changed hats frequently to match my various songs.) We had a blast, and so did the audience. Here is an essay I wrote about that experience.
If we can, Jerry and I will also present a holiday concert planned for Saturday, December 4, at three in the afternoon at the Federated Church on Route 2 in Charlemont, Massachusetts; the snow date for this event will be Sunday the 5th.
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.
I cook on Mass Appeal, a Western Massachusetts lifestyle program from time to time. (You can see me below with co-hosts Alanna Flood and Danny New.) I'm not ggoing into the studio right now, but I send in videos to be aired every few weeks.
One 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 ways in which food can connect us to others through memory and the life lessons one can learn from cooking and caregiving. 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:
In the spring of 2018 I talked about RHUBARB (natch!) with Carrie Healy. Of course, we had to do a little baking. And in I stop by from time to time to record a commentary or two, most recently a remembrance of my grandmother's favorite soup.
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.