Jennifer Rubell
Food & Entertaining Writer: Cookbook Author

How has globalization changed the way we eat?

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We are eating food from all over, and the seasons are no longer an issue.

Jennifer Rubell

Jennifer Rubell, 36, writer, renowned hostess, hotelier, Harvard grad and member of the illustrious Rubell clan, is poised to become the country’s newest entertaining guru.  Jennifer is currently Food and Entertaining Editor of the Miami Herald’s Home & Design magazine, Former Contributing Food Editor of, the recently folded (March 2009), Condé Nast shelter magazine Domino, and her first book, Real Life Entertaining, was released in May 2006 by HarperCollins.  She writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, and has appeared in, among others, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Better Homes and Gardens, Elle, The New York Times, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Travel + Leisure, Ocean Drive and Food & Wine. In 2007, Paper Magazine named Jennifer one of its 30 most beautiful people.  

Entertaining is in Jennifer Rubell’s blood.  Her uncle, the late Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell, treated Jennifer as his own child, taking her along to parties with Halston, Calvin Klein, Liza Minelli and Bianca Jagger, and inviting her to every major event at Studio 54, starting at the age of 7.  Her parents, world-renowned contemporary art collectors Donald and Mera Rubell, became famous in the ‘80s for the Whitney Biennial after-party they hosted at their Upper East Side townhouse.  With artists like Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel and Andy Warhol roaming around the house, Mera turned out bowl after bowl of spaghetti with homemade marinara sauce, with Jennifer at her side learning the Rubell family style:  personal, unconventional and decidedly hands-on.


Jennifer Rubell: Well we’re eating foods from all over.  It’s totally divorced us from the seasons.  But I actually . . .  I’m sort of an internal optimist, so I actually think it could be interesting in the future to have a more global sense of seasonality so that . . .  You know things still only grow at a certain time in certain places.  It’s not . . .  There is . . .  There is . . .  So it could be if . . .  Well let’s say there are airplanes that don’t have all of these atrocious emissions.  And let’s say in a perfect world you could get things from one place to another without like, you know, killing the planet.  Then people could get really into February cherries from Chile.  You know which I think would be really, really fun if we could get those cherries here in a timely manner, and in a somewhat responsible manner.  I know, for instance, that … lemons from California, they have a certain season, and you do see them in markets here only in a certain season.  Where we’re used to pomegranates, pomegranates don’t grow in the Northeast; but we only see them in the fall because they only really grow in the fall in California where most pomegranates that are sold in America are grown.  So I think that that kind of global seasonality could be really mind blowing and really cool.  But we’re certainly not there yet in terms of transportation technology, but it could be really fun – almost like a . . .  You’d have a farmer’s market experience inside of a global atmosphere.  So it would be interesting.

Recorded on 12/13/07