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ashkenazic food


The Ancient Babylonian History of Haroset

By On April 6, 2017

The haroset most American Jews eat at the Passover seder to symbolize the mortar used by Hebrew slaves contains apples, walnuts and Manischewitz. But the delicious chunky mixture originated in ancient Babylonia,… Read More


The Shocking, Not-So-Oily History of the Latke

By On December 29, 2016

If for the past week, you’ve forked up a pile of potato latkes fried in olive oil, thinking you’re channeling the persistence of your Hasmonean ancestors, think again. Far from being canonical,… Read More

Why Didn’t British Jews get Rickets?

Why Didn’t Britain’s Jewish Kids Get Rickets?

By On July 27, 2015

Rickets, a vitamin D deficiency disease that causes children’s bones to soften, was so common in Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that doctors were at a loss for… Read More

Jewish Vs. Goyish

Jewish v. Goyish: The Abbie Hoffman Edition

By On January 30, 2014

While many Jewish comedians (and one in particular) have noted the differing foodways of Jews and gentiles, you might be surprised to find that 1960s radical political activist Abbie Hoffman was one of them. Yes, that Abbie Hoffman. Reviled by some… Read More


The Battle of the Montreal Bagel

By On November 14, 2013

If you think of New York as the North American bagel capital, chances are you’re not Canadian. Among Canadians, anyway, Montreal is renowned for a bagel of its own: small, sweet and available piping… Read More


Oma & Bella: Life is Delicious

By On March 19, 2013

Holocaust survivors Bella Katz and Regina (“Oma”) Karolinski live together in contemporary Berlin, where they spend their days cooking, talking, and helping one another with the tasks of daily life. The two women… Read More

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