Gertrude Berg was a writer, actress, producer and pioneer in radio and television. She won the Best Actress Emmy and Tony Awards, but isn't well know by the public today. Danny Miller suggested that we make chicken soup from her cookbook and encourage others to learn about her life and career.
I opted to make a reduced version of this for one person, but Danny closely followed Gertrude's recipe.
1 6-pound (pullet)
Chicken feet and giblets
2 1/2 quarts water
3 stalks celery
8 sprigs parsley
2 carrots, scraped
1 parsley root or celery root, scraped
1 tablespoon salt
Singe and wash the chicken thoroughly. Scrape the chicken feet. Combine the chicken feet, giblets, water and onion in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Skim the top. Cover and cook over medium heat for 1 hour. Add the celery, parsley, carrots, leeks, parsley root, and salt. Cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours longer, or until the chicken is tender. Strain the soup and serve with any desired soup garnish such as noodles, kasha, rice, etc. The chicken may be served separately.
Danny Miller is a journalist, editor and film history expert. He also co-authored the book "About Face: The Life and Times of Dottie Ponedel: Make-up Artist to the Stars" by Dorothy and Meredith Ponedel.
The Final Product
Due to the pandemic, I couldn't be at Danny's house in person to taste this authentic version of the chicken soup. The downscaled version I made still tasted delicious! You really can't go wrong with this recipe.
Gertrude Berg wrote an auto biography called "Molly and Me The Memoirs of Gertrude Berg". I also recommend reading this article about Gertrude on the Jewish Women's Archive. In 2010 the documentary "Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg" played on the film festival circuit to great acclaim and is now available on DVD.
Watch the show!
Gertrude Berg on the show "What's My Line?"
Watch the trailer for "Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg"
I'm sure Gertrude Berg would be thrilled with Danny's cooking AND that new people are discovering her work.