Category Archives: Kosher Food for Thought

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Book Review: Kosher Nation

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The dietary laws found in the Torah have influenced the way Jews eat since Biblical times. These laws, known as kashrut, are the Biblical mandates required for making food kosher, or ritually pure for Jewish consumption. The degree to which a Jewish person follows the laws of kashrut will often depend on their level of …

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Shabbat Shalom

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In our household, Erev Shabbat (the Eve of the Sabbath) is my favorite night of the week.  We usually spend the evening at home with family, and I like to cook a special meal for us to share. I always serve comfort food– no counting calories. It’s a time for togetherness, when you can sit …

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These latkes are a traditional Ashkenazi Jews dish.

Ashkenazi vs. Sephardic Cuisine

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In an earlier blog, I wrote about the two major Jewish groups in the world– Ashkenazi Jews and Sephardic Jews.  These two groups have the same religious beliefs, but their cooking styles are quite different.  Ashkenazi foods might seem more familiar to American cooks (matzo ball soup and gefilte fish), while Sephardic foods tend to …

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The Jewish Diaspora

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Since becoming involved in Jewish cooking, I’ve learned that the term “Jewish cuisine” covers a very broad range of foods from all over the world.  That’s because Jews have settled in many different countries throughout history.  In what has become known as the Jewish Diaspora, the Roman army conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the Second Temple (year …

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