Gil Marks, an award-winning cookbook author, culinary historian and writer died Friday morning in Jerusalem at age 62. Marks, a non-smoker, succumbed after a three-year battle with lung cancer.
Marks, a West Viriginia native who lived most of his life in New York, is perhaps best known for his 2010 book "The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food," a 650-page tome that was the culmination of decades of research and covers ground from gefilte fish to mufleta, muaddara and melawach.
Marks - who received rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University and held master's degrees in social work and history - was the founding editor of Kosher Gourmet magazine, which was published from 1986-1992. In 1996 he published his first cookbook, "The World of Jewish Cooking," and went on to write "The World of Jewish Entertaining" and "The World of Jewish Desserts."