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How Jews Changed Italian Cooking Forever

How Jews Changed Italian Cooking Forever

By On August 5, 2015

While living in Spain, this writer presented her Spanish hosts with a cookbook illustrating the Jewish and Arab roots of Andalusian cooking. Particularly in Spain, land of jamón, it can be hard… Read More

Why This Weird-Looking Mushroom is Called Jew's Ear

Why This Weird Looking Mushroom is Called ‘Jew’s Ear’

By On May 14, 2015

What do Judas Iscariot and hot and sour soup have in common? A rubbery mushroom known as Auricularia auricula-judae or Jew’s ear. The term “Jew’s ear” might make you feel funny, but… Read More


Beyond Bubbie

By On March 28, 2013

Where did your favorite Passover recipes come from? Whether they’re your own innovations or they came to you on a stained recipe card, they probably come with good stories, too: the kugel that brought a… Read More


Star and Shamrock

By On November 21, 2012

Some combinations are obvious: peanut butter and jelly, rock and roll, Bert and Ernie. Others aren’t quite so apparent. Take, for instance, classic Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine and traditional Irish fare. Washington DC restaurateurs Jason… Read More


Reasons for Cholent

By On July 20, 2012

Mark Kurlansky’s book Edible Stories (2010) is an indulgence for book-nerds and foodies: It’s a collection of 16 interrelated stories, each named after (and starring) a certain kind of food. Most of the featured cuisine tends to… Read More


Matzah-Flavored Beer

By On July 9, 2012

During the holiday of Passover, many Jews eschew bread, as well as most other grain products that might be leavened, or risen: Crackers, bagels, pasta, cake, and even beer (the latter is made from fermented barley, a… Read More


The Inspiration for ‘The Dictator’

By On May 11, 2012

In his new film The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen plays “a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.” While The Dictator was in production, the… Read More


Meat Heart

By On May 8, 2012

“God loves my hair,” writes Melissa Broder in “Ciao Manhattan,” a poem in which Broder and her Creator seem to hang out, flirt, and dress up in party clothes. In another poem, “Leah,” Broder’s biblical protagonist runs away… Read More


A Self-Operating Napkin

By On May 7, 2012

If you’ve ever seen a needlessly complicated contraption–take, for instance, that moment in The Goonies where it takes a bowling ball dropped onto a balance, a balloon popping, and a chicken laying an egg to open a door–you know… Read More


The Weirdest Passover Ever

By On April 6, 2012

Here are a few of our favorite Passover-related oddities. I Can’t Believe It’s Kosher for Passover Passover can be a culinary nightmare. This year, the Nosher blog asked chefs from all over–from… Read More


A Brief History of Gefilte Fish

By On February 10, 2012

The #1 reason gefilte fish is served at Shabbat dinner tables these days might be, in the words of Fiddler on the Roof, tradition! Originally, however, the dish that we currently call gefilte (a word meaning “stuffed”) was embraced… Read More


Bagel Fever

By On November 16, 2011

The bagel has long been a basic codifier of Askenazic Jewish identity. The hip-hop parody group 2 Live Jews, in their anthem of Jewish identification “Shake Your Tuchus,” said, “If you don’t know what a bagel… Read More

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