Of course you do. Stupid question. Everyone likes Italian food because itâ€™s almost alarmingly delicious. Do you like Jews? Do you think Jews are also alarmingly delicious? Well thenâ€”have we got the program for you!
MyJewishLearning frequent contributor and generally awesome person Leah Koenig is presenting a discussion of Roman Jewish food culture, in the past and present. Hereâ€™s the lowdown:
CULTURE IN THE CUCINA
How Rome’s Jews are Cooking up the Past and Future
While Jews have lived in Italy since theÂ 2nd centuryÂ BCE and are credited with popularizing staple ingredients like eggplant, fennel and pumpkin, the notion of an “ItalianÂ Jewish cuisine” is difficult to define. Still, a handful of traditional dishes – like Carciofi alla Guidia (deep fried artichokes) and Pizza Ebraica (a fruit cake-like dessert) – have managed to endure over time.
Food writer, Leah Koenig, will discuss how certain traditional recipes have attained iconic status in Italy’s oldest and largest Jewish center,Â Rome. She will also explore how today’s urban Jews relate to their culinary heritage. New York’s Jews have their bagels, knish and egg creams. What dishes do Italians turn to when they need a nosh, and how do these foods connect them to their past and their future?
*Bonus! Italian Jewish Chanukah recipes and tips on where to find Jewish Italian food in NYC.
Sunday, Dec 13 – 2:00pm
Park East SynagogueÂ 164 E 68th St.
Presented by theÂ Jewish Historical SocietyÂ of New York
Itâ€™s guaranteed to be an awesome event. See you there!