Jennifer Rubell
Food & Entertaining Writer: Cookbook Author
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A problem solving New Yorker.

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.

Transcript

Jennifer Rubell: I’m from New York City, and I think it’s shaped me because it’s a city that’s really difficult to live in.  And finding solutions, and making it work, and working with in ideal circumstances is what New York is all about.  Whether you’re the poorest New Yorker or the richest New Yorker, you’re still dealing with problem solving all day long.  And it’s shaped the way I view everything.  I assume I’m not gonna have everything I need to have to make things happen.  And I assume that everything is not gonna be perfect in the end, and I somehow come up with a way of making it feel great and work for me.

Recorded on 12/13/07


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