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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... 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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  • Big Men

    By Rob Eshman

    November 5, 2009 | 7:24 pm

    Beautiful and talented Dana Goodyear has a portrait of favorite living food writer Jonathan Gold in this week’s New Yorker.  You know you’ve arrived when they write a profile of you in The Jewish Journal.  I mean, The New Yorker.

    Yes, I’ve made a subspecialty for 10 years now of... read on

  • Pico Kosher Deli, Part 2 [SLIDESHOW]

    By Rob Eshman

    October 30, 2009 | 4:00 pm

    In the wake of the Great Deli Cover of 2009, I had a lunch meeting at Pico Kosher deli, which I had reviewed in a blog post yesterday.

    I met Rabbi Daniel Korobkin there for lunch Thursday.  The rabbi was waiting for me by the deli counter when I arrived, dressed in a dark suit and... read on

  • Pico Kosher deli

    By Rob Eshman

    October 27, 2009 | 7:03 pm

    Last week The Jewish Journal featured an excerpt from David Sax’s new book, “Save the Deli.”  Sax did a worldwide tour of delis, at great expense to his love life and his waistline, and at the end of it named L.A. “The Best Deli City in America.”  For a Jewish paper in LA, that’s a... read on

  • Man-o-Man-o-Sephardic

    By Rob Eshman

    October 22, 2009 | 7:56 pm

    Food crosses boundaries.  We all have appetites, we all have a genetic compulsion to look at what’s on someone else’s plate, and most of us are willing to try anything once.  One taste leads to another, and before you know it there is Peruvian sushi and lattes in Koreatown and boba... read on

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