MEET SHEILAH


FOOD HISTORIAN AND COLUMNIST 

A popular lecturer and expert on Mediterranean cooking and Jewish culinary history and traditions, Sheilah has been a guest speaker for Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, the Textile Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show, Capital Speakers, Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, Les Dames d’Escoffier, Brandeis, Culinary Historians of Washington, the International Jewish Genealogy Convention, diplomatic groups, and the Turkish Embassy.  In addition, she is a popular lecturer for Jewish Federations, Hadassah, diplomatic groups, and Oasis, and has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs (including Martha Stewart Live) across the nation. Sheilah also does consulting and has developed recipes and served as a national spokesperson for a number of international companies.

FOOD COLUMNIST

A prolific writer and editor, Sheilah is the food editor of Popular Anthropology, and Maryland’s Town Courier, and a contributing food editor to numerous magazines and papers, including Vegetarian Times, Eating Well, The Washington Post, and The Jewish  Journal of Greater Los Angeles.


CULINARY COACH 

 Sheilah is a partner with Paula Jacobson in Cookbook Construction Crew, a company dedicated to mentoring cookbook authors and food writers.  Sheilah and Paula edit the recipes and text, test the recipes, proofread, index the recipes and text, and help find publishers, agents, and develop strategies to market the books and articles.


ORGANIZATIONS/AFFILLATIONS  

American Food Journalists

  • Les Dames d'Ecoffier
  • IACP
  • Slow Foods
  • Culinary Historians of Washington
  • Welcome to Washington
  • The Hospitality and Information Service


AWARDS

The Turkish Cookbook: Regional Recipes and Stories selected as one of the TOP COOKBOOKS of the year by the Washington Post, 2010

Gourmand World Cookbooks Award, 2010 for The Turkish Cookbook: Regional Recipes and Stories as the Best Mediterranean cuisine book

Sheilah Kaufman Honored By DAUGHTERS OF ATATURK for her work in promoting Turkish culture and cuisine

BRONZE MEDAL for Best Book from Independent Publishers for The Turkish Cookbook: Regional Recipes and Stories by Nur Ilkin and Sheilah Kaufman





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