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Jewish Food Quiz

In Jewish life, food takes on all sorts of roles--traditional, social, and spiritual. Jewish cuisine evolved over centuries, in dialogue with local cultures and conditions. How much do you know about Jewish foods and their history?



Question 1. "Jewish foods," such as bagels, knishes, and borscht originate from
 Western Europe
 The Middle East
 The Americas
 Eastern Europe

 

Question 2. According to food historian Jennifer Berg, throughout the 20th century Jewish holiday meals and catered affairs such as Bar Mitzvahs and weddings were "all about quantity." This means:
 That the variety of food represents numerous different cultures
 The portions are much larger than they used to be
 It's all about how many food sculptures you have at one event
 Events have as many Jewish produced foods at one event as possible

 

Question 3. What dish is also known as "Jewish Penicillin"?
 Brisket
 Challah
 Hamantaschen
 Chicken soup
 Chocolate chip cookies and milk

 

Question 4. Which food became a staple of German Jewish cooking after merchants traveled to Italy?
 Pizza
 Noodles
 Dried fruit
 Rice with herbs

 

Question 5. On Lag B'Omer, it is traditional to serve food that is
 Fried
 Roasted
 Grilled
 Baked
 Broiled

 

Question 6. Falafel, a food that it typically considered Israeli, originated from where?
 Russia
 Persia
 The wider cuisine of the Middle East
 Tunisia
 Morocco

 

Question 7. The Jews of Poland and Russia shared many of the same ingredients and preferences, including
 Carp and salt herring
 Turnips
 Sauerkraut
 Only A & B
 Only A & C