Mission

A project supported by Be’chol Lashon, this cookbook aims to celebrate the racial and ethnic diversity within the Jewish community. We want to celebrate the myriad unique experiences that each of us has as a product of our identities. We will pair recipes with poems, stories, essays, and photographs from submitters so that it becomes more than just a cookbook but also a mosaic of experiences from a plethora of backgrounds. 

 

Submissions for Tlaim:

The Patchwork Cookbook

Meet the Team

Alana Chandler

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Alana Chandler

Alana Chandler (she/they) is a Chicago-born Japanese-Jewish undergraduate at MIT studying Materials Science and Engineering. Chandler is interested in cooking and food justice. Since their first year of highschool, Chandler has run an amateur food blog @chow.by.chandler and especially loves baking babka, granola and anything with matcha powder.

Having experienced feelings of both invisibility and hypervisibility as a JoC, they hope this cookbook will serve as a resource for JoCs to connect through our multifaceted identities.

 

Jess Cohen

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Jess Cohen

Jess Cohen (they/she) is a Chinese Jewish undergraduate originally from New York State studying physics at MIT. They like to cook in big batches and are a big fan of eating leftovers. They’re honestly pretty terrible at baking, but it’s still a fun thing to do with friends! She’s particularly passionate about social justice, especially climate and queer justice, and finding community with other Jews of Color.

Léa Jean-François

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Léa Jean-François

Léa Jean-François (she/her) is a Caribbean-Jewish recent graduate of Barnard College where she studied Environmental Science and Biology. Léa has spent her summer after college studying organic farming and is now conducting research investigating diseases related to the essential tissue barriers. Léa values growing, cooking, and eating food that is supportive of the land, closely connected to the local community, and shares nourishment. Léa has long awaited a JoC cookbook to share/learn of one another’s culture, and hopes this cookbook will allow JoC to find comfort through cuisine.

Support

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Arielle Mindel (Jan-June 2021).

Zandra Campbell (Feb-May 2021).

FAQ

What is a Jew of Color?

A Jew of Color can include people with family origins in African, Asian or Latin American countries or those who identify as Black, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, African, Arab, Persian, Indigenous, Sephardi, Mizrachi, or of mixed heritage. Race is ultimately a social construct, so this is a complex term to define.

Who can submit?

Anyone who identifies as a Jew of Color and wants to share their recipes and stories with the larger community.

What should I submit?

We are looking for recipes that represent the intersectionality of Jewish identities. The goal is to understand what foods are part of your Jewish experience. We invite you to also submit additional content along with your recipe, such as a poem, photo, drawing, or short essay. If you need some inspiration, here are a few prompts:

    1. When have you felt most comfortable and loved in the Jewish community?
    2. What does being Jewish look like for you?
    3. Have you struggled with your Jewish identity? What did that look like?

In order to submit supplemental pieces, you must submit at least one recipe. Feel free to fill out the form more than once if you would like to contribute multiple submissions!

 

Will all submissions be accepted?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept all submissions, but submissions that are not included may be featured on the Jewish& blog. When we close the form, we will look through all the submissions and make careful decisions about what to include based on recipe quality and thematic issues. We will notify you when final decisions are made.

How will I know if my submission is accepted?

If your submission is selected for the cookbook, you will be notified via email once the submission window closes and will receive a free copy of the cookbook once it is published.

What will the cookbook look like?

The cookbook will be professionally designed and published by our organizer team. The content will feature the diversity of the Jewish community through the recipes and personal narratives of the submitters.

What inspired the idea of the cookbook?

In high school, as a part of the Jewish United Fund’s Research Training Internship, one of the cookbook leaders, Alana, created a Jews of Color cook booklet, entitled Tzevayim (“colors” in Hebrew; accompanying video), collecting recipes from six women from Chicago. 

Using this high school project as a proof-of-concept stepping stone, today, our team has joined our passion for cooking and our Jewish community to create a JoC cookbook that can be found on the bookshelves of stores across the nation; a cookbook that JoCs could open and feel seen, appreciated, and welcomed, with food as a delicious medium for connection among JoCs, as well as the Jewish community as a whole. Our hope is that this community cookbook will help relieve the pressure that many JoC feel to conform to the exclusively white-Ashkenazi standards in Jewish communities by inspiring readers to embrace all elements of their cultural traditions. 

Recipes serve as the vehicle for connection and story-telling. We do not want to use food as an escape to pretend as though we live in a post-racial harmonious world, nor do we want to self-exoticize or self-tokenize by implying that our stories and foods represent a whole culture. Instead, we want to use recipes as a “vehicle to confront injustices to prompt meaningful action,” to quote chef and writer Tunde Wey.

What organizations are involved with the cookbook?

We are partnering with Be’chol Lashon to make and publish the cookbook using a grant from the Jews of Color Initiative.

When will the cookbook be published?

We’re currently planning for a three year timeline, so we hope to have the cookbook published by 2024. We will notify you when we have a release date!

How can I meet other Jews of Color?

By submitting, you will automatically be added to a short mailing list. We may occasionally send emails inviting submitters to attend virtual meet-ups, Shabbat dinners, and cooking classes. We hope that these meet-ups will allow Jews of Color around the world to come together in celebration of their food-related traditions. You can also subscribe to the Be’chol Lashon newsletter to hear about upcoming events in the JoC community.

What do I gain as a contributor to the project?

All contributors will be credited on our website and in the cookbook with their name and desired affiliation. They will also receive a free copy of the cookbook once produced. Contributors will also be included in the decision-making process in helping choose a charity to donate to our cookbook profits.

If I have any more questions or want to get involved beyond being a submitter, who can I contact?

Feel free to reach our cookbook team at tlaim.cookbook@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or concerns.