My Jewish Learning

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. Which culture did NOT contribute to the formulation of Tunisian cuisine?
 French
 Portuguese
 Italian
 English

 

Question 2. Jewish style fried artichokes originate from
 America
 Russia
 Italy
 Japan

 

Question 3. Chicken fat, formerly a staple of Ashkenazic cuisine, is also known as
 Schmaltz
 Schwartz
 Lard
 Shemen

 

Question 4. True or false: Traditionally, every Jewish lifecycle ritual is infused with a seudah, or a ritual celebratory meal.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. 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 6. Leeks and fennel
 Are not kosher and never used in Jewish cuisine
 Are considered meat products for keeping kosher
 Were first used in Jewish cooking before spreading to non-Jewish areas
 Are considered dairy products for keeping kosher

 

Question 7. The ingredient most commonly associated with Moroccan Jewish food is
 Wheat
 Rice
 Rye Bread
 Couscous
 Citrus fruit