The Roger Smith Cookbook Conference
February 7-9, 2013
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Tune in to free webcast February 8-9, 2013

Arthur Schwartz, also known as The Schwartz Who Ate New York and The Food Maven, was not long ago called “a walking Google” of food and food history by the New York Times Magazine. His career started in 1969 with nine years at Long Island’s Newsday, where he was a food feature writer and reporter. For more than 18 years he was then the executive food editor, chief restaurant critic and food columnist for the New York Daily News. For nearly 13 years, he was on WOR radio (and syndicated) with a daily Food Talk program. He is the author of seven books. He is also an expert on Southern Italian cooking, and his books on the subject Naples at Table: Cooking in Campania, and The Southern Italian Table: Authentic Recipes from Traditional Kitchens, express his main interest, putting food in cultural and historical context. He also wrote Arthur Schwartz’s Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited and Arthur Schwartz’s New York City Food: An opinionated history with legendary recipes, both of which were nominated for James Beard Awards and won awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals – for best American subject cookbook, and cookbook of the year. Arthur is a frequent lecturer, and teaches cooking, at his home in Brooklyn, and at his own cooking and culture program conducted from a water buffalo farm 30 minutes south of the Amalfi Coast. Arthur continues to broadcast on a National Public Radio (NPR) station. You can listen live (7:35 to 8 a.m. every Monday), or by archived podcast, by going to

Andrew F. Smith teaches food history, food controversies and professional food writing at the New School in New York City. He is the author or editor of twenty-three books, including his latest works, American Tuna: The Rise and Fall of an Improbable Food (University of California Press) and Drinking History: 15 Turning Points in the Making of American Beverages (Columbia University Press). He serves as the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia on Food and Drink in America and is the Series Editor for the Edible Series published by Reaktion Books. He has written more than three hundred articles in academic journals, popular magazines and newspapers, and has served as historical consultant to several television series. For more about him, visit his website:

Katy Keiffer is a food professional with decades of experience in many aspects of the business. She worked as a cook, a caterer and a butcher for twenty years, subsequently morphing into a food publicist for nearly ten years, creating publicity tours for best selling culinary talent such as Anthony Bourdain, Robin Miller, Rachael Ray, and the Food Network Kitchens staff. She is a regular contributor to Food Arts Magazine, mostly writing about the meat industry, and the producer and host of Straight No Chaser, a weekly show covering food and politics on The Heritage Radio Network.