If you’ve ever found yourself wondering, “What is Israeli cuisine, really?” you’ve probably come to the conclusion that the answer is pretty complicated. Director Roger Sherman found himself wondering the same thing when he went to Israel for the first time in 2010. There, according to his film’s website, he found a cuisine that he calls “one of the most dynamic in the world,” full of “Moroccan, Persian, Lebanese, French, Italian, and Russian – Jewish, Arab, Palestinian, Christian, and Druze, kosher and non-kosher, secular and religious” influences that are all worth exploring.
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In true Purim fashion, hamantaschen this year are out of control. They’re masquerading as tacos, pizza, ice cream sandwiches, and rice crispy treats. Some are inspired by unicorns, while others dress up as candied apples.
Three years ago, I set out after work every night of the week before Purim to find the best hamantaschen in New York City. I tasted my way through the Upper East and West Sides, all the way to the Lower East Side, Williamsburg, and Midwood, Brooklyn, and I never once got sick of these delicious, poppyseed-filled cookies (my favorite!). This year, there are some new contenders in town who bring innovative, new-school approaches to these three-sided treats.
The Jewish food renaissance is thriving not only in the US, but also in Argentina, where Jewish-Argentinian chef Tomás Kalika opened his fine dining restaurant, Meshiguene: Immigrants Cuisine, and plans to open another.
The other day, Tech Insider posted a video about “the best way to cut a bagel.” Intrigued, yet skeptical of the tech industry’s bagel-eating skills, we pressed play.
Ina Garten’s birthday is today, and we can’t think of any better way to celebrate our favorite celebrity chef than by cooking some of her classic Jewish recipes. No TV personality and cookbook writer has a more fun-loving, yet expert-graceful approach as Ina, whose books (Cooking For Jeffrey and Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust, to name a few) are infused with as many practical cooking tips as touching anecdotes.