Person of Interest

What Did Ruth Madoff Know?

While her husband was cooking books, his wife Ruth was supposedly writing cookbooks, but was she really? The editor of Ruth’s cookbook, The Great Chefs of America Cook Kosher, is telling The New York Times that she wrote the cookbook in its entirety. She claimed Mrs. Madoff “was interested in having her name on something that would allow for some sort of fun.” The New York Times profiles Ruth in a separate story, noting “by the standards of her peers, Mrs. Madoff lives a relatively modest life” and asking “was Mrs. Madoff really blindsided? In the social circles where the couple once traveled, both possibilities are unnerving—that Ruth Madoff was in on this, or that she wasn’t.”