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Jewish Journal

Judy Bart Kancigor

  • The secret of potato latkes

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Excerpted from "Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz
    Family" (Workman, 2007).


    Chanukah(Hebrew for "dedication") is all about the oil. In 165 B.C.E., against great odds, Judah Maccabee and his tiny band of soldiers defeated Antiochus and the Syrian-Greek army....
  • Goodies that make you want to challah

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With Rosh Hashanah approaching, Jewish cooks everywhere are cutting and chopping, searing and sauteing. And towering over our festive holiday spread stands the majestic spiral challah, the centerpiece of our High Holy Day celebration.

    "The round challah represents the cycle of life...

  • Bring the taste of France to your Passover table

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One might expect the chef-owner of a haute cuisine, award-winning French-American restaurant, where l'addition can easily top $300 per couple, to be an egotist. One would be wrong.

    Chef Josiah Citrin of Mélisse in Santa Monica, which earned the prestigious four-star rating from...

  • The Ultimate Taste Test

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Inside Kosher World, the recent "for-the-trade" food show, you had to remind yourself you were in Anaheim. To my left, two gentlemen negotiated a deal in animated Hebrew. To my right, wine connoisseurs swirled, sniffed and sipped kosher-for-Passover premium varietals from Israel and...

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  • Stumped by Pesach Meals? Hit the ‘List’

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Time was, when planning my Passover menu, I'd pore over cookbooks and magazines, wade through those yellowing newspaper clippings that I'm going to file some day -- I swear -- or just call Aunt Sally. But these days, with the click of a mouse, I can lean over a virtual back fence and...

  • ‘Design’-ing Woman Comes to Town

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Kosher by Design," (ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications, $32.99) "Kosher by Design Entertains" ($34.99) and "Kosher by Design Kids in the Kitchen" ($22.99) by Susie Fishbein.

    With the frenzied anticipation generally reserved for the appearance of a rock star -- or at the very least,...

  • Paint Colorful Table With Italian Dishes

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    While Crostini di Spuma di Tonno, Zuppa di Pesce Passato, Dolce di Tagliatelle might not sound like Jewish food, Italian Jews have long enjoyed these dishes.

    Joyce Goldstein made her first trip to Italy in 1957 and instantly became what she calls a "fanatic Italophile." The former...

  • Winning the Great Sponge Cake Battle

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    It’s that time again. With Pesach here, it’s time for my annual wrestling match with my nemesis, the dreaded sponge cake.

    Aunt Estelle was famous for her mile-high sponge cakes. Years ago she sent me her recipe, outlining every step in exquisite detail. Yet every time I try it,...
  • ‘Food Maven’ Saves Endangered Recipes

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    "Jewish Food: The World at Table" by Matthew Goodman (HarperCollins, $29.95)

    When the El-Ghriba synagogue in Tunisia was bombed by Al Qaeda in 2002, the fragile remnant of a once thriving Jewish community was even further shattered.

    "The Tunisian Jewish community is one of the...

  • Think Global, Cook Local

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "The Jewish Kitchen: Recipes and Stories from Around the World" by Clarissa Hyman (Interlink Books, $29.95).



    Clarissa Hyman's new cookbook, "The Jewish Kitchen," is alive with miracles -- stories of Jewish life and war-torn Jewish communities, bringing with them their glorious...

  • Think Global, Cook Local

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "The Jewish Kitchen: Recipes and Stories from Around the World" by Clarissa Hyman (Interlink Books, $29.95)

    Clarissa Hyman's new cookbook, "The Jewish Kitchen," is alive with miracles -- stories of Jewish life and war-torn Jewish communities, bringing with them their glorious...

  • Cooking Middle Eastern Memories

    September 25, 2003 | 8:01 pm

    "A Fistful of Lentils" by Jennifer Felicia Abadi (Harvard Common Press, 2002).

    Reading "A Fistful of Lentils" is like wandering through a family album. Instead of food photos you find dozens of family portraits, touching stories and the fascinating history of a rich and unique...

  • Mizrachi Options to Liven the New Year

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    While apples and honey are de rigueur among Ashkenazim for celebrating the New Year, Middle Easterners turn to the more exotic, like dates, quinces or pomegranates during the High Holidays. So if you're looking for some unique recipes this High Holiday season, you might want to turn...

  • Book Helps ‘Design’ Delicious Simchas

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Kosher by Design: Picture Perfect Food for the Holidays & Every Day" (Mesorah Publications, $32.99).

    If Pesach signals the emergence of spring, with Shavuot, the season bursts forth in a riot of color and luscious flavors. "Kosher by Design" by Susie Fishbein, captures the beauty...

  • Spicy ‘Shores’ of the Mediterranean

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Celebrated cookbook author and chef Joyce Goldstein can trace her bloodline to a Russian shtetl, but her heart and soul lie in the Mediterranean.

    In "Cucina Ebraica" (Chronicle Books, 1998) and "Sephardic Flavors" (Chronicle Books, 2000) she explored Italian Jewish and Spanish...

  • The Dish on the Deli

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jonathan Gold knows his pastrami. He should. As restaurant critic to Gourmet magazine, he has sampled delis from coast to coast (by his count, 20 last week in New York alone). In his book "Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles" (St. Martin's Press, $16.95) this...

  • Succulent Sukkot Recipes

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    What a difference a decade makes. In fall 1992, my husband and I visited Israel during what now seems such innocent times. Only once did our tour guide announce a change in itinerary when a particular site was deemed unsafe. We visited friends in Jerusalem and sat leisurely sipping...

  • Anything but Ordinary

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Adventures in Jewish Cooking" by Jeffrey Nathan (Clarkson Potter, $32.50).

    When it comes to kosher fine dining, chef Jeffrey Nathan of New York's Abigael's restaurants wrote the book. Now, just in time for Rosh Hashana, he's written "Adventures in Jewish Cooking," a collection of...

  • The Power of Music

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival" by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen (Warner Books $23.95).

    Vienna, 1938. In the city of Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Strauss, 14-year-old musical prodigy Lisa Jura looks forward to a...

  • ‘Invincible’ Obsession

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the 1920s, the son of a destitute blacksmith from Lodz, Poland, amazed the world with his feats of strength. Heralded as the modern Samson and the Iron King, Zishe Breitbart became a Jewish folk hero, twisting bars of iron, pulling trains by his teeth and killing bulls with his...

  • A Secular Life Gone Bad

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's the ultimate fantasy: You have a seat at your own funeral. Now imagine that while hovering in limbo between your death and burial, you have the power not only to witness the preparations and critique the eulogies, but also to eavesdrop on critical moments in your past for a...

  • The Many Layers of ‘Cake’

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Journalism 101, Rule No. 1: The interview is about the interviewee, not about you. Ask a question, then shut up and listen. Obviously, the instructor never met Sharon Boorstin, who is as interested in you as you are in her. No, really. My list of questions goes out the window.

    With...

  • Back to Basics

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Once in a great while, a cookbook comes along so utterly gorgeous it practically springs from my kitchen shelf and hurls itself upon my coffee table.

    Marlena Spieler's latest, "The Jewish Heritage Cookbook" (Lorenz Books, $36), subtitled "a fascinating journey through the rich and...

  • Eternal Treblinka

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust" by Charles Patterson. (Lantern Books, $20).

    In the forward to "Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust," animal rights activist and daughter of Holocaust survivors, Lucy Rosen Kaplan, states: "I...

  • Seder, The Spago Way

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    You'd think after serving 1,650 at the Governor's Ball following the Oscars, chef Wolfgang Puck would take a vacation. But four days later, on March 28, he and wife, interior designer Barbara Lazaroff, will host their 18th annual Passover seder gathering at his famed Spago Beverly...