Days of Awe in the Jewish calendar

At a cookbook talk earlier this month, more than one author raved about Claudia Roden’s “The Book of Jewish Food.” Curious, I ordered a copy and have been devouring it since. Published in 1996, the book is the result of over 15 years of traveling and recipe-collecting, and the fingerprints of visits to kitchens tracing… Continue reading Days of Awe in the Jewish calendar

Forays into tart baking with Portugal’s pastéis de nata

My brother and I spent three days in August exploring Lisbon’s cobblestoned streets and winding alleys, stopping to gape at entire buildings tiled in blue and white designs, and eventually taking a tram 30 minutes outside the city to the coastal suburb of Belém. TILES EVERYWHERE. Impossibly detailed and intricate stonework at Jerónimos Monastery. 16th… Continue reading Forays into tart baking with Portugal’s pastéis de nata

Finding God among the pots and pans at St. Lydia’s of Brooklyn

During a Catholic mass, the cues for when to stand, sit, kneel, hold hands, raise hands, and speak are all codified. There is comfort in the routine, and as I’ve learned more about the intention behind the ritual, there is meaning in the practice. Still, I am fascinated by the growing popularity of dinner churches… Continue reading Finding God among the pots and pans at St. Lydia’s of Brooklyn