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

Fasting and Feasting Through Islam’s Most Holy Month

A few years back, I spent a summer interning at a refugee resettlement agency. I expected to learn about our nation’s labyrinthine immigration policies, to manage a small caseload, and to teach English. I did not expect to laugh so hard or eat so well. I laughed with one Iraqi woman, as we parsed the… Continue reading Fasting and Feasting Through Islam’s Most Holy Month