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What Am I?

By Rob Eshman

January 28, 2010 | 7:53 pm

Afshan's Chicken Koubideh

What am I?

Isn’t that the question any religion worth its holy water forces its believers to confront. 

Food begs the question too.  As Michael Pollan pointed out, we can eat... read on

  • Redefining Deli at Saul’s

    By Rob Eshman

    January 27, 2010 | 8:32 pm

    Here’s an event worth attending—hopefully we’ll be able to get a reporter to cover it.

    On Feb. 9, a group of leading food writers and activists will convene at Saul’s Deli in Berkeley, CA to discuss the future of the Jewish deli in light of growing consciousness about the sources of... read on

  • Kingsolver v. Safran Foer [RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    January 26, 2010 | 6:14 pm

    Barbara Kingsolver thinks Jonathan Safan Foer is an idiot.

    She doesn’t say it, at least not directly, but that’s the inevitable takeaway from first reading her bestseller, “Animal Vegetable Miracle,” then reading his, “Eating Animals.”

    Read them back to back and... read on

  • The Joy of Skin [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    January 26, 2010 | 1:51 pm

    Here’s my Jan. 24 column in The Jewish Journal, “The Joy of Skin” plus a great How To video made by none other than Adi Eshman…..

    Whatever happened to gribenes?

    I still make them every time I roast a chicken or make chicken soup; couldn’t be more simple.

    Gribenes are the golden... read on

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  • Holy Knishes

    By Rob Eshman

    January 8, 2010 | 4:28 pm

    Last week in New York we ate at Yonah Schimmel’s Knishes on Houston Street in the Lower East Side. My friend Chuck first took me there in 1981.  Chuck wasn’t Jewish, but he was vegan, and Yonah’s knishes and borscht fit perfectly into a diet that allowed him to enjoy about 1/100 of... read on

  • The Omnivore’s Curse [Recipe & Photos Included]

    By Rob Eshman

    January 7, 2010 | 6:16 pm

    So I’ve read Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan’s Omnivore Dilemma and In Defense of Food.  I read four new books about back-the-land intellectuals: Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Brad Kessler’s Goat Song, and Margaret Hathaway’s The... read on

  • Opus Capri

    By Rob Eshman

    December 22, 2009 | 6:09 pm

    In Philly I step into Di Bruni’s, on Chestnut.  Everyone but me has evidently heard of this place, a Zabars-on-the Schuykill stuffed with hundreds of cheeses, a banquet of prepared foods, a bakery, seafood and meat counters—all the best.  Founded in 1939 by some Italian immigrants,... read on

  • Latkes Without end, Amen

    By Rob Eshman

    December 11, 2009 | 3:21 pm

    A few years back I wrote a story about cooking latkes for my wife’s then-congregation.  In the spirit of the holiday, here it is:

    LATKES WITHOUT END, AMEN
    December, 2004

    It’s 1991, and I am in the basement kitchen of Temple Mishkon Tephilo in Venice. I don’t know what it looks like... read on

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