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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. True of False: Most shtetl Jews had private cooking facilities.


Question 2. The main ingredients of hummus are
 Red peppers
 Chicken breasts


Question 3. 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 4. True or false: Traditionally, every Jewish lifecycle ritual is infused with a seudah, or a ritual celebratory meal.


Question 5. The ingredient most commonly associated with Moroccan Jewish food is
 Rye Bread
 Citrus fruit


Question 6. How was the term "fressfroemingkeit," or "culinary Jew," used in the 19th century?
 To describe assimilated Jews whose devoutness found expression only in eating the traditional dishes on Jewish holidays
 To describe Jews who turned their backs on the typical Eastern European foods and instead ate Sephardic cuisine
 To describe the Jews who preferred a rich and refined cosmopolitan cuisine shared by the Austrian-Hungarian Empire
 To describe the Jews that stopped keeping kosher strictly


Question 7. Which food became a staple of German Jewish cooking after merchants traveled to Italy?
 Dried fruit
 Rice with herbs