Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A final farewell to Mr. Food

The late Art Ginsburg.
Art Ginsburg, 81, who parlayed local TV appearances in the Capital Region into national fame as Mr. Food, died Wednesday at his home in Weston, FL.

The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, according to the Associated Press.

Ginsburg, a native of Troy who taped many of his 90-second syndicated cooking segments at WRGB in Niskayuna, got his TV start in 1975. His cooking segments were part of the regular daytime lineup on WRGB.

He was the author of 52 cookbooks that sold upwards of 8 million copies, and was known for his simple approach to comfort foods made from recipes about which he always said, "Oooh! It's so good!"

I recall a visit Ginsburg paid to the company cafeteria at the Times Union during my time there some years back when he was promoting one of his cookbooks. He drew quite a crowd, and was as personable and down-to-earth in person as he appeared on TV.

In a statement to the Associated Press, TV personality Rachael Ray, a native of the Adirondacks who got her start on Ginsburg's show, said, "Art Ginsberg was a warm, gregarious man who knew food is more about love and sharing than a fancy ingredient list. He was a supportive and loyal friend, and I'll miss his smile and warm hugs. This Thanksgiving I'm thankful I knew him."

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