Join Historic Columbia and the History Center at USC for King Solomon’s Table with Joan Nathan on February 3

Event to feature James Beard award-winning cookbook author and authority on Jewish Southern Cuisine

COLUMBIA, S.C., Wednesday, January 9, 2019 –Join Historic Columbia and the History Center at the University of South Carolina for “King Solomon’s Table with Joan Nathan” from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3. This special event, presented in conjunction with Kugels & Collards, will feature a talk by Joan Nathan, a James Beard award-winner, much-loved cookbook author, and authority on Jewish cooking across the globe.

“When Kugels & Collards was launched, our hope was to expand on the history of the Jewish community in Columbia using Jewish cooking to engage family stories and history,” said Rachel Barnett, co-founder of Kugels & Collards. “We are honored to welcome the doyenne of Jewish cooking, Joan Nathan, whose research in preserving Jewish foodways ties together cuisine and history. Her expertise and perspective will surely add to the already robust conversations we’ve begun through the Kugels & Collards project.”

The presentation will be followed by a reception with southern Jewish recipes from Nathan’s cookbooks. Nathan will be on hand to sign her most recent publication,King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World, which was released in April 2017. The cookbook will be available for purchase during the event.

Joan Nathan is the author of eleven cookbooks including, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France (Knopf), was named one of the 10 best cookbooks of 2010 by NPR, Food and Wine magazine, and Bon Appétit magazine. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Tablet Magazine. Learn more about Joan Nathan by visiting her website.

“Joan Nathan has traveled the globe, researching, studying and experiencing the ways in which food shapes and reflects history and culture – from planting and cultivation, preparations and family traditions to the migrations that have longed shaped human life and history,” said Dr. Patricia Sullivan, History Center at the University of South Carolina. “Her magnificent, award- winning books bring this history into our lives and onto our tables.”

In 2014, Historic Columbia embarked on a project now known as the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative (CJHI), which documents the stories of the Jewish population in South Carolina’s capital city. The initial work was to create web-based and print guided tours that provide access to the rich stories about the Jewish community in Columbia.

Just over a year ago, Historic Columbia and CJHI launched a complementary blog, Kugels and Collards, which explores the relationship of Jewish and Southern cooking traditions and the stories of that intersection.

This event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 3 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at Beth Shalom Synagogue, located at 5827 N. Trenholm Road. Tickets are $15 for Historic Columbia members and $20 for non-members. This event is made possible through the support of many generous sponsors, including the Columbia Jewish Federation. All proceeds support Historic Columbia’s CJHI project. To register, visit, call (803) 252-7742 x 12 or email

About Historic Columbia:

In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit or find us on TwitterFacebookInstagram or YouTube.

About the History Center at University of South Carolina:

The History Center, within the College of Arts & Sciences, was created to nurture scholarship, promote scholarly communication, engage local communities, further development goals of the college and university, and raise the History Department’s visibility and enhance its reputation in the historical profession.


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