M.A., Nutrition & Food Studies, New York University
B.A., Theater and American Studies, Brandeis University
Miri Rotkovitz, MA, RD, is the author of the award-winning cookbook "Bubbe and Me in the Kitchen: A Kosher Cookbook of Beloved Recipes and Modern Twists" and a freelance writer, editor, recipe developer, and food educator.
Miri got her food writing start at the James Beard Foundation, one of the country's most prominent culinary arts organizations. Her culinary interests are diverse—she has written about everything from up-and-coming chefs to baby food, from herbs and spices to environmental food issues. She also studies the kosher food industry and acculturation.
In addition to writing about food, Miri develops and presents food demos and cooking classes for audiences ranging from preschool to adult.
In addition, her fascination with Jewish culinary history and food traditions has led her to explore the amazingly diverse kosher repertoire developed throughout thousands of years of international migration. She also has a passion for studying general food and nutrition trends, the specialty food industry, international cuisines, and food styling and photography.
Miri earned degrees in Theater and American Studies from Brandeis University. While pursuing gigs as an actor following graduation, she was inspired to marry lifelong interests in cooking, health promotion, and performance, and earned an M.A. in Nutrition & Food Studies from NYU.
While studying at NYU, Miri began working at The James Beard Foundation, where she cut her food writing teeth covering everything from chefs and restaurants to food trends and culinary ephemera. It was at JBF that she learned the ins-and-outs of editorial work, PR, and event planning.
Miri is also a Registered Dietitian with a special interest in prenatal, child, and maternal health. She completed a dietetic internship at New York Methodist Hospital, where her studies focused on clinical nutrition care and community wellness. She also serves on the editorial board of the "Women’s Health Report," a national publication of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group.
Awards and Publications
In 2016, Miri published her first cookbook, "Bubbe and Me in the Kitchen: A Kosher Cookbook of Beloved Recipes and Modern Twists," A tribute to her grandmothers' recipes and to the diversity of modern kosher cooking, the book won both a 2017 Living Now Book Awards Gold Medal, and a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award Bronze Medal.
Other notable publications:
“Kashering the Melting Pot: Oreos, Sushi Restaurants, ‘Kosher Treif,’ and the Observant American Jew,” a study of the kosher food industry and acculturation, which appears in the book Culinary Tourism. (Ed. Lucy Long. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2004.)
Contributed a 135-page "Super Foods" appendix to Diabetes Self Management's Hidden Secrets of Natural Healing, by Diana W. Guthrie.
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