I have just launched my new book, Pot Luck: Random Acts of Cooking. Here are a few places where I'll appear and have appeared in 2022 and 2023:
On Saturday, September 24, at 4 p.m. I did a pre-publication talk at the Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, New Hampshire.
On Sunday, October 2, I officially launched the book at the Play House at Singing Brook Farm in my beloved Hawley.
On Saturday, October 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. I chatted with customers and signed books at the Williams Bookstore in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
On Wednesday, October 26, at 11 a.m. I spoke and sang with the Charlemont (MA) Senior Center.
On Saturday and Sunday, November 5-6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., I celebrated Cider Days at Headwater Cider in my hometown of Hawley with more people than Hawley has seen in decades! The celebration at Headwater included cidermakers, cheesemakers, jams and jellies, live music, and of course ME with samples and cookbooks.
The Monday before Thanksgiving, I met with members of the West Hartford (CT) Library Cookbook Club as they sampled dishes from the new book.
On Saturday, November 26, at 12:30 p.m. I spoke about the book and sang a little at the Buckland Public Library in Buckland, Massachusetts.
I will meet with the Sunderland (MA) Woman's Club on Thursday, March 9, 2023.
And if you're interested in thinking WAY ahead, I will meet with the Cookbook Club at the Southwick (MA) Public Library on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. to chat and eat food from my book.
More to come, I hope....
Be safe, cook and eat well, and don't forget to sing...
Speaking of singing, Jerry Noble and I gave a wonderful holiday program on Sunday, December 4, at 2 p.m. at the Federated Church on Route 2 in Charlemont, Massachusetts. It was beyond festive. A little Christmas, a little Hanukkah, and a little whatever the heck we felt like. My friends Molly Scott, Scott Randall, and Alice Parker were special guest stars.
We also presented a celebration of Judy Garland's centennial on June 10, 2022. And we performed at the 100th birthday party of the Old Deerfield Grammar School in Deerfield, Massachusetts, which was built in 1922.
More musical programs to come in 2023!
I love to speak to women’s clubs, libraries, senior centers, book clubs, and other groups. I also enjoy cooking and talking on television and on the radio.
I cook on Mass Appeal, a Western Massachusetts lifestyle program from time to time. (You can see me below with co-hosts Alanna Flood and Danny New.) I'm not going into the studio very often right now, but I send in videos to be aired every few weeks.
One librarian wrote in a thank-you note, “You had such a rapport with the audience it felt as though we all knew you.”
My favorite topics are the ways in which food can connect us to others through memory and the life lessons one can learn from cooking and caregiving. I also conduct recipe-writing workshops and organize evenings of group cooking. I'm articulate and funny (if not modest!), and I can always sing in a pinch!
If you’d like to have me talk to your group or your book club, please use the contact form on this site.
And now ... a little video! (You can see more of me on my YouTube channel!)
Below I prepare a spring favorite (dandelion greens!) on Mass Appeal. (I forgot to add salt to the dish on the air but urge you to add a little at home.) Please enjoy my hat!
I was also interviewed a few years back for the public-television program Making It Here. (You get to see my dear late mother Taffy in this clip!)
And a little audio, courtesy of the public-radio station WFCR/NEPR:
In the spring of 2018 I talked about RHUBARB (natch!) with Carrie Healy. Of course, we had to do a little baking. And in I stop by from time to time to record a commentary or two, including a remembrance of my grandmother's favorite soup.
Here is what one Massachusetts minister wrote about one of my presentations:
It was an amazing program that Tinky Weisblat offered to our community about care-giving in general and about caring for family members with dementia, in particular.... Tinky read from her new book, Pulling Taffy: A Year with Dementia and Other Adventures. It is a year-long journal of family memories and daily stories about caring for Tinky’s mother, Jan (Taffy), in her apartment in Virginia near Tinky’s brother, and here in her home in Hawley. The book is loving and humorous and informative all at once. Others who came to the program shared their own experiences, and I realized how this is such an understated story.... Thank you, Tinky, for bringing the challenges of care-giving to our attention.