How to Nosh with Jake Cohen

Jake Cohen, Instagram chef and personality, and New York Times best-selling author known for his cookbooks, is coming to Cincinnati as part of the Division of Adulting’s How to Series. 

The division of adulting is part of Rockwern’s growing efforts to reach young adults. And is one of the organizations funded through the Jewish Foundations Reflect Cincy Grant. 

Editors Note: Cincy Jewfolk is also funded through the Reflect Cincy Grant. 

The event, How to Nosh, is a play on Cohen’s most recent cookbook, I Could Nosh, is taking place on March 5 from 7-9 p.m. at The Columns event space in Findlay Market. It is co-sponsored by JCC 20s and 30s, New Riff Distillery – which is concocting a signature cocktail for the event – and NextGen@Wise

Cohen is a culinary personality known for his emphasis on Jewish cuisine and his passion for sharing meals and hosting. He has gained popularity through his accessible recipes and tips for making gatherings welcoming and enjoyable. His first cookbook, Jew-Ish, was a New York Times best-seller, and his follow-up book, I Could Nosh, came out in 2023. 

Cohen has stirred up excitement in the community. According to Rabbi Shena Jaffee, organizers had to increase the number of tickets offered because of community interest, and now the event will be standing-room only. 

“One of my friends purchased a ticket for his girlfriend so she can be in the same room [as Cohen], said Jaffee.”

The event is going to feature a cooking demonstration from Cohen, a Q&A portion hosted by Rabbi Laura Baum where those in attendance will be able to ask some questions, and a mix and mingle before the demonstration. 

The night will be catered by Meals by Rotem. All appetizers served before the event are recipes from Cohen’s cookbooks. 

“You’re getting Jake Cohen at multiple levels,” said Jaffee. “It’s an immersive Jake Cohen experience; not only do  you get to hear him, but you get to taste his food as well.”

Jaffee praises Cohen’s approachable and accessible take on cooking and hosting, aligning perfectly with the Division of Adulting’s mission to foster exciting and meaningful connections. Cohen’s philosophy promotes the ease of gathering, underscoring that the essence of hosting lies in the joy of togetherness, not in the perfection of the setting.

“He likes cooking and hosting and being with one another, and makes it so accessible,” said Jaffee. 

Cohen’s warmth and approachability have made him one of the most popular Instagram chef/influencers, with his 1 million Instagram followers. According to Jaffee, attendees can bring their Jake Cohen cookbook to have it signed at the event. 

“A lot of what Division of Adulting is about is being fun and welcoming, and take away some of the intimidation of the things we’re supposed to do as adults….That is why Jake’s approach fits so nicely with our mission of making things accessible and relatable,” Jaffee said. 

How to Nosh is close to selling out and folks can get their tickets here.