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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. The customary vacation area of New York Jews in the 20th century is nicknamed after which soup?
 Matzah ball soup
 Lentil soup
 Broccoli cheese soup


Question 2. What product is popularly used in Moroccan cooking?
 Aromatic spices
 Dried fruit
 Harissa, a spicy condiment
 All of the above


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. Which influence is most apparent in the foods of Yemen and Ethiopia?


Question 5. Which culture did NOT contribute to the formulation of Tunisian cuisine?


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