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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"?
 Chicken soup
 Chocolate chip cookies and milk


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


Question 5. On Lag B'Omer, it is traditional to serve food that is


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


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