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Food Writing

Joan Nathan

Joan Nathan is the author of numerous cookbooks, each of which focuses on an aspect of Jewish life and culture. What makes her books unique is that each recipe comes with a story, enabling the reader to learn about much more than how to prepare a dish, but where the dish originated, how Jewish migration and living in different lands have changed the dish, and its meaning to the family from which it came. Thus, Joan is not only a cookbook author, but a cultural historian and food writer as well. Her books educate about Jewish life, tradition, and Jewish history.

Passover Postage: Sending matzah to China

Two things I don’t understand about the US Postal Service: Why it’s the workers, not customers, who go “postal.” Secondly, how it could be in trouble when it has me.

June Salander, 1908 - 2010

In 1920, June emigrated with her family from a small town in Poland, and settled in Harlem, New York, where there was a sizable Jewish community. Daily after school, June rode the subway to the Lower East Side to attend Hebrew School. At 16, she enrolled in a secretarial course and—to help with the family’s finances in the wake of her parents’ divorce—went to work each afternoon at Woolworth’s.

From Mashgiachs to the new Jewish food movement: "Kosher Nation" by Sue Fishkoff

When you choose to purchase a jar of peanut butter with a hecksher on it or kosher chicken, you become one of the final elements in the long journey that the particular foodstuff undertook in order to be certified as kosher. It can be easy to take this process for granted when you are receiving these things in their final form, yet Kosher Nation by Sue Fishkoff highlights this process and provides an in depth look at the modern kosher food industry in the United States.

Denise Schorr, - 2010

It is with great affection and many shared experiences that I remember the very big and full life of tiny Denise Schorr. I got to know Denise as a cooking colleague, in what amounts to the last third of her long life. For this reason, I will share memories and impressions from the last thirty years, which I know doesn't begin to touch upon the most important parts of her life: her family and her formative years. Because Denise was such a unique character, I hope some of these memories will capture her essence and serve as a tribute to her passion for living.

Death of pioneering nutritionist Frances Stern

December 23, 1947

Death of Frances Stern, founder of the world's first "food clinic," which served as a model for many nutrition clinics in the U.S. and abroad.

"Settlement Cookbook" author Lizzie Black Kander is born

May 28, 1858

Birth of Lizzie Black Kander, a leading Jewish social reformer in Milwaukee and author of the still-in print "Settlement Cookbook."

Alice Babette Toklas

Alice Babette Toklas, cookbook author and memoirist, is an indelible figure in modern cultural history.

Claudia Roden

Claudia Roden, who grew up in a wealthy home in Egypt where the women never cooked, became a food writer whose books are respected as much for their writing as for their recipes.

Alicia Steimberg

Alicia Steimberg’s novels deal humorously with difficult personal topics and the social and economic chaos in her country. Alicia Steimberg’s life forms the framework and informs the themes of her satirical and irreverent novels and short stories.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Food Writing." (Viewed on September 21, 2018) <https://jwa.org/topics/food-writing>.

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