|Birth: ||Jul. 29, 1931|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 21, 2012|
Art Ginsburg, commonly known as Mr. Food, was an American television chef and best selling author of cookbooks. He was known for ending each of his tv segments with the catch phrase "Ooh! It's so good!" The signature phrase, as spoken by Mr. Food, is registered as a sound trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ginsburg was a pioneer of "quick & easy cooking" who, for over 30 years, paved the way for other TV food personalities to follow. With his enthusiastic style, Mr. Food specialized in practical food preparation techniques, using readily available ingredients. He extolled an "anybody can do it" philosophy of cooking.
Ginsburg was originally a butcher and ran his own catering business prior to work in television. In 1975, Ginsburg turned his flair for acting into a local television food program at WRGB in Schenectady, New York. By 1980 his 90-second Mr. Food segments were being syndicated to nine U.S. television markets. At it's peak in 2007, the program appeared on 168 tv stations.
In addition to his television career Ginsburg became a prolific writer, with 52 cookbooks published and sales of over 8 million copies. Three of Ginsburgs cookbooks were published by the American Diabetes Association, devoted to recipes for people with diabetes. One of these has also been published in Spanish. For his other cookbooks, he had teamed with such notable publishers as Wm. Morrow & Co., HarperCollins, Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises and Oxmoor House, a division of Southern Progress Corporation and Time Warner.
Besides his passion for food, Ginsburg had a passion for helping others. He was a co-host of the annual Variety Kids Telethon at WKBW-TV (a Mr. Food affiliate) in Buffalo, New York, to raise funds for Children's Hospital. As he aged, Ginsburg stepped away from most of the daily operations of his company, Ginsburg Enterprises Incorporated. In addition to the Mr. Food segments, the company produced other segments called "Mr. Food's Test Kitchen", in which he did not appear, as well as oversaw his line of cookware.
Art Ginsburg had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011. He underwent treatments, including surgery, which caused the cancer to go into remission. However, it returned in October, 2012. Ginsburg died at his home that he shared with his wife Ethel in Weston, Florida, on November 21, 2012. He was 81. The series he founded is expected to continue with other chefs as hosts.
Beth David Memorial Gardens
Created by: Jonathon Humphrey
Record added: Nov 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101093493
Added: Nov. 25, 2014
I wasn't aware "Mr. Food was dead until I went on his website looking for a recipe for broccoli cornbread. They are doing a one year memorial of his passing. He seemed like a pleasant, gentle person. May he rest in peace, and belated sympathies to his ...(Read more)|
Added: Nov. 21, 2013
Ohh, I do miss your presence on the show.RIP|
Added: Nov. 8, 2013
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