Jewish Journal

  • Yom Kippur and the Lobsterman [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    September 20, 2010 | 6:03 am

    It’s not just cooking and eating food that brings you closer to God, it’s catching it too.  Even when the food is treyf.  Sam Kestenbaum, a Jewish lobsterman on Deer Isle in Maine, writes about it in a beautiful essay for The New York Times:

    On the island, the name Kestenbaum is... read on

  • Jonathan Gold and His Last Langer’s Pastrami [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    September 17, 2010 | 2:36 pm

    On the eve of Yom Kippur I came across Jonathan Gold’s latest feature in L.A. Weekly, in which he answers a reader’s query, “What kind of food would you want served at your wake?”

    How appropriate.  The central theme of this season is embodied in the Unetanah Tokef prayer, “Who shall... read on

  • Takosher Kosher Taco Truck: Bringing People Together [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    September 1, 2010 | 6:33 pm

    Yesterday I checked out Takosher, the world’s first kosher taco truck. It was parked on La Brea just north of Third, by the Trader Joes.

    I was expecting some guy hoing to score a quick gimmicky buck off the captiv kosher market.  Jaded, much?  Instead, I found Lowell Bernstein.

    ... read on
  • Shilo’s Steak and Kosher Taco

    By Rob Eshman

    August 26, 2010 | 5:10 pm

    Yesterday I had lunch with Chef Kastuji Tanabe, the Japanese-Mexican-Catholic chef at Shilo’s Steak House, a fine dining kosher restaurant in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood.  I hadn’t been to Shilo’s for years—the last time I went was Christmas, 2007—and it was expensive, bland,... read on

  • Buckhorn Campground Shabbat [SLIDESHOW & VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    August 5, 2010 | 2:38 pm

    It took 19 years, but I finally got my wife into a sleeping bag.

    For our entire marriage, we both accepted the fact that, “Naomi doesn’t camp.” It was just one of those fundamental truths, like, “Rob doesn’t fold laundry,” and “Israel doesn’t negotiate with... read on

  • A Taste of Peace [Recipe] [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    July 22, 2010 | 8:53 am

    The closest I ever got to Middle East peace was a kitchen in Napa Valley.

    It was 2008. I was at the headquarters of the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Calif., spending three days eating food prepared by the some of the best chefs in the world. The occasion was the... read on

  • Gazans for Sweets

    By Rob Eshman

    June 10, 2010 | 3:32 pm

    Interviewed by Ethan Bronner of The New York Times, a Gaza sweets manufacturer had Foodaism’s quote of the week:

    I can’t get cocoa powder, I can’t get malt, I can’t get shortening or syrup or wrapping material or boxes,” said Mohammed Telbani, the head of Al Awda, a cookie and ice cream factory in the central town of Deir al Balah. “I don’t like Hamas, and I don’t like Fatah. All I want is to make food.


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