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Chef Natasha Feldman Interview

Every friend group has one: the planner.

And Natasha Feldman is the absolute culinary boss lady of hers. Better known as Tash (as in @noshwithtash), she’s here to champion and resurrect the art and endearment of the dinner party with her new cookbook: The Dinner Party Project: A No-Stress Guide to Food with Friends.

As a self-described “36-year-old Jewish grandmother who just wants to feed people” - Tash is injecting the fun back in sharing food around the table with your favorite people. And from theater kid, to culinary school dropout to foodie fave content creator - she knows a helluva lot about two things: cooking and thoughtful (but not fussy) hospitality at home.

We sat down with Tash for Spiceology’s Periodically Inspired interview series that dives deep into a chef’s creative process - why they do what they do - and to talk inspiration, process, and a lot more. Read the full interview and get to know her below:

When did you first find a love of cooking?

“My mom and dad are very pragmatic eaters - they’re eating to live, not living to eat. And that’s how I was raised: no cheese for fun, no refined sugars. Very 1970s hippie culinary movement. Don’t get me wrong, my mom is really good at cooking - but the really good stuff is just for Jewish holidays.

But my Aunt Rachel lived in France (she’s my own personal Julia Child). We’re talking schmaltzy roasted chicken, all the stinky cheese and fresh bread. I would sleep over and in the morning have eggs slowly stirred with butter. When I was a kid, I was not a good eater. You basically had to distract me in order to get me to ingest food. I didn’t really start caring about food until college. But even as a kid I always loved holiday cooking, and Jewish holidays have all that lore, traditions and stories, and I really love the tradition of coming together and sharing food.

By college I was studying theater acting in England. But once I was actually studying theater in a real setting, it turned out it was not for me. I was not nearly as serious as the other students - and I’m thinking: how did I get here?

Then I found the historic and epic Borough Market in central London, which is a produce and street food market that felt like it should be in Harry Potter. I started playing in the kitchen and cooking for people. I became the Jewish grandma of the group; I just wanted to feed people and learn things.

When I came back to the States, I realized that what I loved about the theater is storytelling, and for me, creating food media and content is literally the same thing. And I really loved it, that’s how I found my spot in the culinary world.”