Marge Perry Newsday columnist Marge Perry

Marge Perry, Newsday's weekly 3 Simple columnist, also writes, broadcasts, teaches and speaks about cooking, food and nutrition. In her long-standing capacity as a Newsday columnist, Contributing Editor for Cooking Light, author of the blog A Sweet and Savory Life, restaurant critic, recent columnist for several leading magazines (Better Homes & Gardens, Prevention); regular contributor to many magazines, (including Self, More, Coastal Living, and Relish) and frequent guest on television and radio, Perry is an accessible and authoritative guide for anyone who cooks, eats and travels.

In addition to Dinner Tonight, the cookbook based on her daily Newsday column, Ms. Perry has contributed recipes and text to nearly 20 other food and nutrition books. Her articles have been syndicated internationally in magazines and books, and her recipes have appeared on the Television Food Network and numerous television news segments.

Perry teaches cooking and food writing at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, food writing at, and is a guest lecturer at the culinary management graduate school at New York University. Her extensive involvement with the food industry ranges from writing and reporting about cooking and nutrition, chefs, restaurants, growers, producers and manufacturers; restaurant reviewing; menu consulting; consumer trend analysis; and volunteering to bring food and cooking/nutrition know-how to those in need. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Libby Hillman Award for Culinary Excellence and the Food Writers’ Symposium scholarship and the Association of Food Journalists Award for Best Food Essay for an ode to her mother and strawberry-frosted cupcakes.

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TIP To turn fruit drinks into thicker smoothies, freeze the fruit and puree it in the blender.


Allow mashed fruit and mint to sit a while to intensify the flavor.

5 tablespoons superfine sugar

24 ounces club soda, divided

2/3 cup mint leaves, divided

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2 1/2 cups blackberries, divided

1. Combine sugar and 1/4 cup of club soda in bowl; stir to dissolve sugar. Add half the mint and half the blackberries and mash with back of a spoon until it forms chunky paste. Place in bottom of 4 glasses; top with ice.

2. Add remaining club soda and drop in the remaining mint and blackberries (reserving 4 for garnish, if desired) and serve immediately. Makes 4 servings

Nutrition for each serving 83 calories, 2 g protein, 21 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 1 g fat, nosaturated fat, 5 mg sodium



To make a slushy, freeze the coconut water in ice-cube trays before puréeing with melon.

4 cups watermelon chunks

2 cups unsweetened coconut water

1 tablespoon basil

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Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree. Serve over ice. Makes 4 servings

Nutrition for each serving 68 calories, 1 g protein, 17 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, no fat, 23 g sodium



1 cup sugar

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1 cup water

1 (3-inch) piece ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 cup peach nectar

2 peaches, cut into thin slices

2 cups club soda

1. Combine sugar, water and ginger in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce to a simmer; cover and simmer gently 30 minutes. Strain, discarding solids, and cool.

2. Place several ice cubes in each of 4 glasses; pour in one-fourth of the cooled ginger syrup and the nectar. Add the peach slices and top each with club soda. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings

Nutrition for each serving 184 calories, 1 g protein, 52 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, no fat or sodium