Can a recipe change your life?

2/1/2008 Reminder:

Tomorrow, from 2-4:30pm!


Urban Kitchen is being joined by author Laura Schenone for an afternoon, Saturday February 2nd, 2:00 – 4:30pm. Event will be held at The Societa Madonna dei Martiri, 332 Adams St., Hoboken. Space is limited – book early. For all ticket information please call the Urban Kitchen at 201-418-0101. Tickets are $75 per person.

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Can A Recipe Change Your Life?

hoboken lost ravioli recipe - Can a recipe change your life?Can a recipe change your life? Join award-winning author Laura Schenone for an afternoon of ravioli and remembrances as she talks about her quest to find a long-lost family recipe her great grandmother Adalgiza brought to Hoboken from Genoa more than 100 years ago. Laura will demonstrate ravioli making with a pasta machine and the old-fashioned way, by hand on a long rolling pin. She’ll share stories of her trips to Liguria in search of people, food, and places and stories of old Hoboken. You’re invited to come and do the same.

Event includes instruction on pasta making, ravioli recipes, tasting, talk, and a signed copy of Schenone’s new book “The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family” (W.W. Norton, 2007).

About: Laura Schenone’s first book, “A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove: A History of American Women Told Through Food, Recipes, and Remembrances,” won a James Beard Award in 2004. When Laura is not working on books, she writes for major magazines and newspapers. To learn more, visit

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Crackerjscirish27emarcheuptown girl Recent comment authors
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that chick has some nice tatties for an older broad.


Emarche, didn’t see your post on this topic until today. While I have worked events at the James Beard House, I can’t really admit to knowing whether or not the awards themselves are rigged. As far a return for favors, I wouldn’t doubt this in the least. The culinary community is very small and what comes around goes around (that’s why you always leave on good terms). Quid pro quo is in definitely the nature of this business (as in so many others). That being said, I think most of the James Beard award winners are worthy based on their merit (no, I haven’t won-yet) or at least their time served in the business. It is probably not that much different from winning an Academy Award.


…if you consider the JBA a legitimate award.

jcirish…you’re probably the most qualified to talk about this, but time and again I’ve heard that the whole James Beard thing is rigged/favors all sorts of…’shenanigans’…care to comment?

uptown girl

For most of us, I’ll go with no. For Laura, apparently, yes. She was able to expense a trip to Italy, write a cookbook and charge people $75/head to hear her speak, sign a book and make some ravioli. I suppose winning the James Beard Award, for her previous cookbook didn’t hurt either.