In the (Jewish) Night Kitchen

This week on our book blog Members of the Scribe, we’re hosting guest-blogger Stanley Ginsburg, author of Inside the Jewish Bakery. In his first post today, he’s asking a question that’s astounded and confounded us for years — what exactly does calling something a “Jewish bakery” mean?



I have to confess, I was stunned: no one had ever asked me that question, nor, indeed, had I ever asked it of myself. In my world, everyoneknows what a Jewish bakery is – a bakery that sells Jewish baked goods.

But here’s where it gets complicated. What exactly are “Jewish baked goods?” The ones that come first to mind – bagels, rugelach, onion rolls, challah – appear to be no-brainers, but in fact all can be traced back through their 
Yiddish forebears to the gentile Central and Eastern European societies in which the Jews found themselves living at various times.

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And while you’ve got Jewish bakeries on the brain (stomach), here are a few of our favorite recipes:

* Bagels
* Second-time Around Challah
* Jelly-filled Hanukkah cupcakes

Happy Hanukkah! Happy eating!

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