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27 July 2005

We're Jewish, therefore we eat

It doesn't take a genius to realise that food and judaism are inextricably linked.  As the Jerusalem Post notes "they tried to kill us - we survived - let's eat."  (Thankfully though the Holocaust has not been subject to a fress-up, yet).  I'm already excited at the prospect of Rosh Hashanah (not for another two months) because of the culinary delights it brings with it.  Not least, my annual opportunity to unleash my full cooking powers on my entire family and in-laws.

Anyway, Food and Judaism looks a pretty interesting book.  I haven't read it yet (nor have I bought it for that matter) but it seems worth a read.  If the JPost article is correct and there is no reference to Sephardi food then it is a shame, but there is a ton of material out there on Sephardi food.  Claudia Roden, doyen of such matters, devotes the majority of her The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkind and Vilna to the Present Day to Sephardi food with lots of detailed culinary history.

Greenspoon LJ,  Simkins R, Shapiro G (eds) 2005, Food and Judaism, University of Nebraska Press (ISBN: 1881871460)
Roden C, 1999, The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkind and Vilna to the Present Day, Penguin Books (ISBN: 0140466096)

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