Art Ginsburg, the delightfully dorky television chef known as Mr. Food, dies at 81

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Submitted: Thu, 11/22/2012 - 4:33am
Updated: Thu, 11/22/2012 - 2:19pm

WESTON, FL (AP) — Art Ginsburg, the delightfully dorky television chef known as Mr. Food, has died at his home in Weston, FL.

Ginsburg, who was 81, enticed viewers for decades with a can-do focus on easy weeknight cooking and the tagline “Ooh! It’s so good!” He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just over a year ago and died Wednesday. The cancer had gone into remission following early treatments and surgery, but returned earlier this month.

Ginsburg had an unlikely formula for success in this era of reality cooking shows, flashy chefs and artisanal foods. With a pleasantly goofy, grandfatherly manner and a willingness to embrace processed foods, Ginsburg endeared himself to millions of home cooks via 90-second segments syndicated to 125 local television stations around the country.

—Copyright 2012 Associated Press


  • Will says:

    Bon Appetit, Art, and thanks for the recipes and the kindness over the years.

  • Guest SNCC says:

    Mr Food will be missed.
    I made it part of my day to watch. Some outstanding recipes. Used many and all were great. Slow cooked Cuban beef was a favorite. Each time I make it I will think of you.

  • marissa renee says:

    A sad day.

    I always watched the morning news and was happy to see Mr.Food on television. He had shared so many wonderful recipes.
    I am sad to hear that he passed away.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and co-workers
    Rest In Peace

    you will be greatly missed

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