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What Bernie Madoff Eats for Dinner

By Gabrielle Birkner

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It may take more than comfort food to soothe Bernard Madoff, who feds say ran the largest Ponzi scheme in history. But as long as Madoff — who was released on $10 milion bail last week — remains holed up in his Upper East Side penthouse, he might as well feast on warm leek and potato soup, Dover sole poached in vermouth, and cranberry linzertorte. His wife, Ruth, should have no trouble throwing these dishes together; they are among the recipes in a 1996 cookbook that she co-authored.

In “Great Chefs of America Cook Kosher: Over 175 Recipes From America’s Greatest Restaurants,” Ruth and her two co-authors reached out to the chefs of world-renowned restaurants, and asked them to provide kosher renditions of their favorite dishes. Proceeds from the cookbook went to the Jewish National Fund.

The book’s featured recipes, from the likes of such tony restaurants as L.A.’s Campanile and Philadelphia’s Le Bec Fin, sure beat prison meals and commissary snacks — and that is precisely what Bernie could be eating for the rest of his days, if convicted of securities fraud.

In a 1996 press release about the publication of “Great Chefs,” a cookbook co-author, Idee Schoenheimer, explained how Ruth tested the so-called healthy dishes and disqualified those made with cream: “Ruth was our conscience.”

Someone in the family should have one.



Comments
Inquiring Mind Tue. Dec 16, 2008

Q. "What Bernie Madoff Eats for Dinner?" A. Children?

Charles Hoffman Wed. Dec 17, 2008

Mr Madoff should spend the next 20 years living in a cell, eating stale bread, and drinking foul water. there is absolutely no punishment sufficient for his crimes which were against the entire Jewish people - both for stealing the money of Jewish organizations and for filthying the name of Jews in the eyes of the world.

julie Wed. Dec 17, 2008

I think Mr. Madoff (if this last name were fictional it would be dismissed as preposterous!) should have to write "What will the goyin think?" a million times.

julie Wed. Dec 17, 2008

Of course I meant "goyim" not "goyin" - would it kill me to look up once in a while?

jameskpolka Fri. Dec 19, 2008

All observant (but non-violent) Jewish federal prisoners are assigned to the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Otisville, New York. Otisville is a minimum security camp in a forest setting, without walls, towers or fences; confinement is largely on the honor system, and a prisoner *could* escape just by walking a mile through the woods to the highway (where signs warn motorists not to pick up hitchhikers). The prisoners are assigned to wildlife management chores. A kosher caterer is nearby, and every meal is trucked to Otisville in large aluminum pans. I was Just Visiting. As pleasant and bucolic as it may sound, it is a very sad place.

steveconn Sat. Dec 20, 2008

He eats the future of his victims.

Michael G. Dworkin Sun. Dec 21, 2008

Ruth's book was a fund-raiser for the Jewish National Fund. As long-time supporters, we bought a copy. When it was mentioned on CNBC on Wednesday that she had written a kosher cookbook, the newscasters there were wondering whether Ruth had helped Bernie cook the books. I just pulled our copy off the shelf and showed it to my wife, telling her "here is the book Ruth Madoff helped write." She exclaimed, "I was just looking at it a week or two ago!" My wife continued on to say that she thought it was not very well put together, but the idea was a good one. Perhaps the Madoff's notoriety will help sell a few thousand more of them now and help make up for the losses.

Wyman Brent Sun. Dec 21, 2008

As a gentile, I don't see this reflecting badly on the Jewish world at all. I see it as the disgusting and selfish act of one person alone and that person is Bernie Madoff. I say person because he did not act like a man...did not even act like a human. It was the act of a greedy monster. I just hope that others will be able to make the distinction between Madoff and the incredible world of Jewish philanthropy. As a non-Jew working to create the new Vilnius Jewish Library, I have the greatest admiration and respect for Jewish thought and culture. As someone also in need of funds to make the library grow, I feel the pain of Jews and Jewish organizations who either donated money or were in need of money for their projects. Here is to the hope that the effects of this disaster are not as lengthy as feared.

Newto Orehman (formerly Reich) Fri. Jan 9, 2009

This is a crime against all Israelites. Is Madoff from Hamas? Gazooks!

walker Sat. Apr 11, 2009

The way he screwed over his jewish "friends", he is probably the evil spawn of Hitler, check it out, what other dirt is in his closet?? Bernard Hitler Madoff. Adolph would be soooo proud of him if he were here today!

nestor Thu. Jul 30, 2009

im surprised by the fact so many jews are vilifying madoff. When michael milken and mark ridge stole money from non-jews, rabbis were working relentlessly to get clinton to pardon ridge and thousands of letters were written to get milken a lower sentence. is it because madoff mostly stole from jews?

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