RIP Joseph Shuldiner

I’m very sorry to report the passing of designer, food educator and author Joseph Shuldiner. I worked for Joseph teaching bread classes at his Institute of Domestic Technology. We had a lot of fun on those long class days and always shared some food, wine and conversation afterwards. His gentle coaching over those glasses of wine taught me a lot about how to structure a class and how to impart complex information.

Joseph was a gifted artist and designer with a passion for food. He was the author of a terrific cookbook called Pure Vegan: 70 Recipes for Beautiful Meals and Clean Living. He had a second book due to come out next year, The New Homemade Kitchen. He went on to oversee, along with Kevin West, the transformation of Grand Central Market. He also founded and ran the Altadena Farmers’ Market. Unlike many market managers, Joseph made sure that the vendors actually grew the food they sold. I had the privilege of going on a trip with Joseph to inspect the farms. That trip also concluded with Joseph’s good humor and many glasses of wine.

Joseph, you will be missed.

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  1. I was lucky enough to take Foodcrafting 101 from both you and Joseph back in October 2011. It was a transformational class for me. It changed the way I cook. I feel so fortunate to have been able to take several classes from him. I learned so much from him and I still use those skills today. I am truly saddened by his passing, condoléances to you and all who knew him well. It is a great loss.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I took Foodcrafting 101 from both you and Joseph in October 2011. It was life changing. I learned so much and still use those skills in the kitchen. I was fortunate to be able to take several more classes from him. He will truly be missed by all those who were fortunate enough to cross his path.

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