Articles written by: Myrna Katz Frommer

Myrna Katz Frommer

The Frommers are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. They are the authors of five critically-acclaimed oral histories (It Happened in the Catskills; It Happened in Brooklyn; Growing Up Jewish in America; It Happened on Broadway; and It Happened in Manhattan) and professors at Dartmouth College where they teach oral history. Their many articles have appeared in such outlets as The New York Times, Newsday, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Redbook, Golf Digest, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Washington Post, Haaretz, Caribbean Travel and Life and many Internet sites. Harvey Frommer is also a noted sports journalist and oral historian, the author of forty one books on sports including the autobiographies of legends Nolan Ryan, Tony Dorsett, and Red Holzman.

Book Review — Travel Reading for All Tastes – “Blue Water, Green Skipper”
Book Reviews / Chronological

Book Review — Travel Reading for All Tastes – “Blue Water, Green Skipper”

There are books focused on travel, all pretty and heavily illustrated and those are what most people seem to opt for – nifty coffee table decorations. That effort and choice has its place. And then there are the unconventional and not what one would label as travel books; however, in […]

Buddy at the piano
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations

A Star to Steer the Wind Star By ― Part II

See Part I Spend a week on Wind Star, and everyone begins to feel like family. Passengers and crew — we all got to know one another. The easiest place to connect was in the lounge where we gathered for information sessions and then hung around to listen to Roy […]

A Star to Steer the Wind Star By — Part I
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations

A Star to Steer the Wind Star By — Part I

“When I was fifteen years old, I went to sea,” says Antony Gilbert (like a character in a Charles Dickens novel). We meet the handsome third navigation officer in the bridge of the Wind Star where he is on duty this second night of a cruise from Istanbul to Athens. […]

European Istanbul as seen from the Bosphorus
Chronological / Destinations / Europe / Hotels & Resorts

Dining Like a Sultan at Istanbul’s Ottoman Hotel Imperial

“We boil plums, add pomegranate flowers, bake them in an oven, strain the liquid, and this is the result,” says Necati Yilmaz. He sets a little glass bowl before us. We look at the dark purple sauce with some skepticism. (“Boiled plums and flowers?”) Gingerly, we dip in our spoons […]

Book Review – –   Two Rizzoli Charmers for the Spring -“Paul R. Williams Classic Hollywood Style” &  “Parisian Hideaways”
Book Reviews / Chronological

Book Review – – Two Rizzoli Charmers for the Spring -“Paul R. Williams Classic Hollywood Style” & “Parisian Hideaways”

Paul R. Williams Classic Hollywood Style The book is pricey but it truly is a collectible from Rizzoli by Karen E. Hudson ($65.00, 240 pages) “Paul R. Williams Classic Hollywood Style.” For more than sixty years the famed architect’s work was a benchmark for all things grand and beautiful. The […]

Full house -- as usual
Chronological / Destinations / New York / United States

A Bolognese Osteria in Soho: Michael White’s Morini

“Before we came here, this was just a bar; we transported everything in six containers – most of it from my sister- in law’s great-grandfather’s farmhouse in Emilia Romagna.” So said Michael White, resplendent in his chef’s whites, in bustling, booming Osteria da Morini in the heart of bustling, booming […]

Visit to an Istanbul Synagogue: August 2001
Chronological / Destinations / Europe

Visit to an Istanbul Synagogue: August 2001

In the tempest of the Middle East, one tends to lose sight of the long-standing friendship between Turkey and Israel. It remains – even in the face of some recent friction — a beacon of amity, the modern manifestation of a historic connection begun the summer of 1492 when the […]

Rizzoli – -The Travel Book Hits Keep on Coming
Book Reviews / Chronological

Rizzoli – -The Travel Book Hits Keep on Coming

A new collection of stunning titles for the spring from Rizzoli publishers is there for the taking, the reading the keeping. From Alain Ducasse, to a Walk in Paris, to Seasons of New York, to Fiat in all its locales, to French Bistro season recipes – -there is much to […]

Grand Hyatt in downtown Santiago
Central & South America / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts

West of the Andes at the Grand Hyatt Santiago

It was early morning, our first in Chile, and up on the sixteenth floor of the Grand Hyatt Santiago, we looked eastward through tall windowed walls to a sky streaked with the rosy light of dawn. The sun, newly risen above the distant mountain range, was shining down on the […]

Book Reviews: “Spectacular Alaska” and “This Is Munich”
Book Reviews / Chronological

Book Reviews: “Spectacular Alaska” and “This Is Munich”

Terrific Travel Tomes: “Spectacular Alaska” and “This Is Munich” All kinds of books keep coming down the chute to beguile, amuse, inform and entertain readers. A delightful duo from Universe Publishers is “Alaska” and “This Is Munich.” Spectacular Alaska edited by Dana Levy and Letitia Burns O’Connor ($29.95, 132 pages), […]