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

Why Eat Hot Cross Buns at Easter? (Also: I baked bread and so can you)

Happy Easter! Can you say that a day later? Perhaps more accurately: Happy Easter Monday! Or more obscurely: Happy Second Day in the Octave of Easter! This post is one part recipe and one part history. If you're looking for the history, scroll on down to the bolded sections. When I started brainstorming blog posts… Continue reading Why Eat Hot Cross Buns at Easter? (Also: I baked bread and so can you)