One of the greatest glories of Jewish cuisine is its diversity - a celebration of the Diaspora that touches upon the antiquity of our people, as the New Year turns.
Because I primarily ate rice pudding at these diners, the dish always felt more connected to my Midwestern roots rather than my Jewish heritage. But while researching dishes to include in The Jewish Cookbook—my forthcoming collection of global Jewish recipes—I discovered that rice pudding has a definitive place in the Jewish kitchen, particularly within Sephardi cuisine.
Ancient traditions and foods animate Passover Seder for Italian Jews
What Passover seder symbol is found in the traditions of all Jewish communities, but is not mentioned in the biblical passage that enjoins us to eat the paschal offering, matzah and bitter herbs? Haroset.
Global recipes star at Passover in Singapore
While it is disputed where it originated over 3000 years ago–some say India, others Turkey, others say it was definitely Byzantine–there is no doubt that halvah is one of the most common desserts in the world.
Recipes for Indian Jewish Brunch
Pomegranate molasses is a common ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking, where it is added to all kinds of dishes from stews, to dips, glazes for meats, and more
Turns out a staple ingredient has Jewish roots!
The two recipes are traditionally associated with Purim in the Iraqi community and also correspond to the food symbolism that is connected with this holiday across the Jewish community.
Eating fried foods is one of the distinct pleasures of Hanukkah, and the tradition behind it is well-known. According to legend, after the temple was ransacked by Antiochus' troops, a small vial of undefiled oil miraculously lasted for 8 days, until more oil could be found..
I always thought that lovely carol, cataloguing each of the twelve days of Christmas giving, brought Hanukkah more to mind.