The Zeke Raspberry Jam, the Zeke-Kass Confab

More

Yesterday, as Dan Fromson expertly and quickly wrote up, Zeke Emanuel and Sam Kass came over from the White House to the Newseum to talk Food For the First Family, the First Lady's Let's Move program, the great garden on the White House lawn, the equally great, if temporary, Woodstock-like gathering of chefs on the White House lawn for the Chefs Move to Schools initiative, which just unveiled tool kits of donated pots, pans, and knives that have been sent to 1,000 schools:





It was a great interview, and even greater was my surprise when Zeke handed me a jar of the jam he wrote about on the Food Channel! I put it not-so-discreetly in my pocket, but ... couldn't contain myself by midafternoon. And it's fantastic: really pure fruit, and none of that wine-talk jammy raisin stuff. It's a Disney version of raspberry, color- and flavor-enhanced though I know from his very simple recipe that it's just raspberries and sugar. Last Tuesday, at my local farmers' market in Jamaica Plain, I bought (and went through) four boxes of raspberries. I can only pray there will be some left next week. There certainly won't be any jam.

Make his recipe while the fall sets in! The jam will set, too. And many thanks to him and Sam Kass for a terrific opening to the Washington Ideas Forum.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Corby Kummer's work in The Atlantic has established him as one of the most widely read, authoritative, and creative food writers in the United States. The San Francisco Examiner pronounced him "a dean among food writers in America." More

Corby Kummer's work in The Atlantic has established him as one of the most widely read, authoritative, and creative food writers in the United States. The San Francisco Examiner pronounced him "a dean among food writers in America." Julia Child once said, "I think he's a very good food writer. He really does his homework. As a reporter and a writer he takes his work very seriously." Kummer's 1990 Atlantic series about coffee was heralded by foodies and the general public alike. The response to his recommendations about coffees and coffee-makers was typical--suppliers scrambled to meet the demand. As Giorgio Deluca, co-founder of New York's epicurean grocery Dean & Deluca, says: "I can tell when Corby's pieces hit; the phone doesn't stop ringing." His book, The Joy of Coffee, based on his Atlantic series, was heralded by The New York Times as "the most definitive and engagingly written book on the subject to date." In nominating his work for a National Magazine Award (for which he became a finalist), the editors wrote: "Kummer treats food as if its preparation were something of a life sport: an activity to be pursued regularly and healthfully by knowledgeable people who demand quality." Kummer's book The Pleasures of Slow Food celebrates local artisans who raise and prepare the foods of their regions with the love and expertise that come only with generations of practice. Kummer was restaurant critic of New York Magazine in 1995 and 1996 and since 1997 has served as restaurant critic for Boston Magazine. He is also a frequent food commentator on television and radio. He was educated at Yale, immediately after which he came to The Atlantic. He is the recipient of five James Beard Journalism Awards, including the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.
Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Why Are Americans So Bad at Saving Money?

The US is particularly miserable at putting aside money for the future. Should we blame our paychecks or our psychology?


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Death of Film

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.

Video

How to Hunt With Poison Darts

A Borneo hunter explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe

Video

A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon

An action figure and his reluctant sidekick trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.

Video

I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Writers

Up
Down

More in Health

From This Author

Just In