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Bill Wurtzel has made healthy, artistic and hilarious breakfasts for over 50 years… just to amuse his wife Claire.

Although he’s not a cook, Bill makes any food look visually appealing. With his skills as an artist and jazz musician, Bill can improvise the food designs spontaneously with any ingredients on hand.
Claire has been a “Weight Watcher” for many years and Bill is very supportive. He measures the ingredients of whatever crazy dish he’s preparing so Claire can calculate the points.

With their book, “Funny Food: 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfasts," Claire and Bill aspire to make it fun for parents and children to learn about healthy eating. They also conduct Funny Food Workshops in schools. All who attend are encouraged to play with, and then eat their healthy food.

They would like to have their Funny Food School Workshops integrated into a larger initiative to sustain the learning.

BILL WURTZEL was an award-winning advertising creative director. Today he’s a renowned jazz guitarist performing worldwide. He has played with many jazz legends including 12 years with the Count Basie Countsmen. Performance schedule at Bill also plays with food and currently has 1500+ images looking for a home.

CLAIRE WURTZEL has been an educator for over 40 years helping teachers understand students with learning and/or behavior challenges. Claire is currently teaching at the American Museum of Natural History. Claire was on the faculty of Bank Street Graduate School, where she taught and chaired the Department of Special Education. Claire also works with educators, parents and museum educators both nationally and internationally.

Claire and Bill have 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, and live in New York City.

Entries by Bill & Claire Wurtzel

Don't Pig Out -- Veg Out for the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 7:55 AM


This year Thanksgiving and the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah are celebrated on the same day. The last time there was a convergence of these two holidays was in 1888.



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The Taste of Denmark and Sweden

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 12:14 PM


Our recent trip to Denmark and Sweden was even better than anticipated.

My husband, Bill, is an artist and also a jazz guitarist who toured in Denmark and Sweden with the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band. He had a concert in...

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How to Juggle Everything on Your Plate

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 11:55 AM


In the age of multitasking almost every activity we engage in requires us to focus, hold on to one piece of information in our minds while we work with another piece of the information and not lose the first piece.

We make a...

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Food Art that Nurtures the Body and the Mind

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 9:23 AM


We've been thrilled at the success of Bill's April/May exhibit at NYC's Chelsea Market. The next show is at the Karisma Galleri in Vallsta, Sweden.

We loved observing people's responses as they viewed the framed photographs.
Now we're getting many requests for prints...

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You Don't Need Sugar to Be Sweet

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 11:27 AM


You can have fun making healthy, creative breakfasts that are quick and delicious -- without sugar.

Fruit not only makes breakfast look sweet, it tastes sweet too. Kids will eat unsweetened cold cereal if it's fun and tastes good. Appealing, delicious and nutritious can...

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Team up to Eat Right

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 4:46 PM


How do we get from thinking about changing eating habits to making it happen? One way is to team up with friends who also want to improve their eating and root for each other. It's easier and more fun!

Change takes time and from...

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Heavenly Cottage Cheese

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 12:24 PM


40 photographs of my husband Bill's Funny Food Art are on display at The Chelsea Market in Manhattan through the end of May.

I like to eavesdrop as people look at and comment on the photos.

The one above stumps them. They...

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Nurtured Children Develop Healthy Brain Cells

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 1:04 PM


Twenty-five years ago it was believed that the brain's networks were in our genes and fixed for life.

Now we know that the brain's networks never stop changing and adjusting and that the environment plays a key role in influencing our ability...

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Breakfasts Your Kids Will Remember

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 10:59 AM

Elephants don't forget. Neither do kids when they make a fun breakfast like a pita elephant with artistically placed blueberries.

Or a bowl of oatmeal staring at you.


Who can forget berry bugs crawling on yogurt...

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The Eggselent Protein

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 10:11 AM


I love eggs -- poached, hard-boiled, fried and even in an omelet and a frittata. In our book, Funny Food, there is a section on the whimsical egg breakfasts that Bill has made for me over the years.

It's amazing that I love...

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Eat Like There's No Tomorrow, And There May Not Be

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 3:13 PM

Last night at a hamburger joint, there were dozens of combos on the menu. Most were the antithesis of a sane, healthy meal. Bill and I opted for plain burgers with a variety of veggies.

And although...

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No Eggscuses not to Eggsercise

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 12:32 PM


Although I don't look forward to exercising, I usually enjoy it. But if I stop it's so hard to get back into a routine. It's like the Gershwin song: "I can't get started." Now I have an excuse -- I hurt my knee. This...

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Food Play And Brain Development

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 4:14 PM


Last night, our 5 1/2-year-old granddaughter, Daniela, had dinner with us and Bill made a mischievous character with his food. Daniela laughed hysterically when Bill developed a hilarious narrative for the character. It was a very special moment for the two of them.

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Cut The Salt

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 10:32 AM


I recently wrote a blog about sugar and learned about sugar hidden in foods. I thought I should give salt a fair shake too.

I started researching and discovered that sodium is a surprise ingredient in many foods. Sodium occurs naturally in some foods-...

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Changing Eating Habits One Bite At A Time

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 7:17 AM


Small changes in the way you eat will result in big differences over time. Slow and steady not only wins the race, but it is the best way to assure success.

Change is a process, so why would anyone expect...

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Music & Food Affect Your Mood

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 9:36 AM


Bill not only creates imaginative food art, he's also a renowned jazz guitarist.
Whether he's improvising a breakfast or a jazz solo, it puts him in a good mood.


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Have A Sweet New Year With Less Sugar

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 6:09 PM


"Sugar is the tobacco of the 21st Century." - Mark Bittman, Food Matters

This quote got me worrying about how much hidden sugar I might be consuming.

I don't sweeten coffee, tea...
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Walk the Talk: Eat Healthy Over the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 10:00 AM


It's that time again, but I don't want the holiday parties to set me back.

I can teach others how to enjoy the holiday season without putting on weight; however, how can I be sure to walk the talk?

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The Power of Playing With Healthy Food

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 3:06 PM


Even though I've been an educator for 40 years, observing my husband Bill making whimsical and healthy food with our 5 1/2-year-old granddaughter is a powerful reminder of the importance of having fun while learning. The research in neuroscience shows...

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