Jay Weinstein

Contributing Chefs and Nutritionists

Jay Weinstein

Jay Weinstein


Jay Weinstein is a professional chef and writer, author of The Ethical Gourmet(Broadway/Random House, 2006), The Everything Vegetarian Cookbook (Adams Media, 2002) and The Cup of Comfort Cookbook (Adams, 2002). He was executive editor ofKitchen & Cook, the monthly newsletter of The Culinary Institute of America from 2003-2007. His food articles and recipes have been featured in The New York TimesTravel & LeisureFine CookingNewsdayTime Out New YorkNational Geographic Traveler, and numerous other publications. His commentaries for NPR’s “All Things Considered” have discussed essential American ingredients and cooking methods.

After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he apprenticed for three years at Boston’s legendary fish and seafood temple, Restaurant Jasper, under Jasper White, the “Father of Modern New England Cookery.” After a year of honing his skills at Boston’s Four Seasons Hotel, Mr. Weinstein cooked at New York’s Le Bernardin, considered America’s top fish restaurant, under chefs Gilbert Le Coze and Eric Ripert. He also led kitchens of a number of fine New York restaurants, before attending journalism school at New York University. Since graduating, he has pursued a successful freelance career in food writing; authored three highly regarded cookbooks, edited magazines and books, including a Korean recent cookbook and the James Beard-nominated Southeast Asian Flavors. He continues to cook privately for exclusive clients and executive dining rooms.

Exceptional natural ingredients have played a central role in Mr. Weinstein’s career, and his repertoire includes influences from the country’s finest chefs and educators, as well as from his own insatiable curiosity about undiscovered cuisines and ingredients. His articles have featured Latino, Korean and African cookery, the unearthing of rare and hard-to-find ingredients, capitalizing on peak seasonal fruits, fish and other regional specialties.

In addition to his NPR food commentaries, Mr. Weinstein has been a featured guest on local and national radio broadcasts, various television programs, and high-profile websites. He has been featured in restaurant industry publications such as Asian Restaurant News, and is a sought-after guest for cooking events and publicity appearances. He currently teaches culinary arts at The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and is working on a new vegetarian cookbook.

See and Hear Jay in Action


Cookbooks Authored by Jay Weinstein

The Ethical Gourmet

More and more of us want to ensure that what we eat doesn’t deplete resources, cause animal or human suffering, or lead to pollution. And, at the same time, we also want delicious food! If you are concerned about the environment, but unsure how to make a difference, here is a handbook for finding and cooking environmentally friendly and ethically produced foods. Chef and environmentalist Jay Weinstein has written the bible for those who care about both the well-being of the world and flavorful food. He informs us:

   * When organics really matter
   * Where to source humanely-raised meats and other ethically
      produced foods
   * How to make choices with a clean conscience when dining out

He also explores subjects ranging from genetically modified foods to being savvy about farmed fish, and why to avoid disposable wooden chopsticks and bottled water. By providing 100 healthy, sophisticated, and mouthwatering recipes, Jay Weinstein ensures that our ethical impulses are well rewarded. Dishes like Manchego-Potato Tacos with Pickled Jalapeños, Zucchini Spaghetti with Garlicky Clams and Grilled Bluefish, Pumpkin Basmati Rice Pilaf, and Coco-Vegetable Rice with Tamarind Chicken Skewers feature creative ways to use eco-friendly vegetables and legumes, sustainable seafood, and humanely raised animals.

Purchase this book on Amazon


The Everything Vegetarian Cookbook: 300 Healthy Recipes Everyone Will Enjoy

Featuring hundreds of recipes, such as mushroom-stuffed tomatoes, gazpacho, cumin-roasted butternut squash, and insalata caprese for cooks with a variety of dietary constraints, The Everything "RM" Vegetarian Cookbook -- by renowned chef and radio personality Jay Weinstein -- makes preparing delicious and nutritious meals easier than ever before. In this comprehensive, all-purpose cookbook, Mr. Weinstein gives readers simple instructions for all kinds of vegetarian meals, including ovolacto, macrobiotic, vegan, and more.

Purchase this book on Amazon





The Cup of Comfort Cookbook

Nearly 200 recipes fill the pages of this companion cookbook to the popular "A Cup of Comfort" series of books. Readers are sure to delight in discovering the rich stories, histories, and traditions surrounding such delicious dishes as Apple Brown Betty and Grandma Vee's Meatballs and Gravy.

Purchase this book on Amazon