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  • Serving up a taste of New York whenever you need it

    By Jessica Ritz

    August 3, 2016 | 1:14 pm

    Izzy Freeman has run his namesake deli in Santa Monica for 42 years, but one of his career highlights is pure Hollywood: getting the business immortalized on camera in three episodes of Larry David’s HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” 

    So how did this happen for Izzy’s Deli, which...

  • Italian food that’s good for your taste buds and body

    By Judy Zeidler

    August 2, 2016 | 11:47 am

    We just returned from another amazing adventure in Italy, one of many since our first visit 40 years ago. This was a short trip to see the Christo art installation “The Floating Piers” on Lake Iseo in northern Italy. It also gave us an excuse to visit our friends in Tuscany and...

  • Eat, drink and be healthy

    August 2, 2016 | 11:15 am

    There is an age-old question about what’s the “perfect” diet. The idea behind this question is if we just find the perfect diet and we follow it, we can stop looking, stop worrying, stop stressing over too many carbs or sugar or meat or butter.

    But what does “perfect” really mean...

  • Peddling pierogies: A Jewish caterer takes on a Republican Party (convention)

    July 22, 2016 | 9:50 am

    Joan Rosenthal can’t make pierogies fast enough for the Republicans who have descended on Cleveland.

    It’s an odd spot for a Jewish woman who started out in the restaurant business at age 12 at the city’s best-known Jewish deli, but she embraces it.

    “This is so much fun!”...

  • It’s not a bird – it’s SuperMeat: Israeli startup aims to grow meat without the animal

    July 12, 2016 | 2:00 pm

    The founders of an Israeli food tech startup want you to enjoy your meat without the guilt — in fact, without the animal.

    SuperMeat, which launched in December and began an online crowdfunding campaign Monday, is developing a method for bioengineering “cultured meat” from animal...

  • 4 pro-Israel NY food co-op members suspended for disrupting 2015 BDS presentation

    June 29, 2016 | 2:53 pm

    A popular Brooklyn cooperative grocery store that has been fighting about Israel boycott efforts for eight years reportedly suspended four pro-Israel members for interrupting a meeting more than a year ago.

    According to the Brooklyn Paper, four Park Slope Food Co-op members have...

  • With Wexler’s, L.A. elevates its deli ‘A-game’

    By Jessica Ritz

    June 29, 2016 | 12:03 pm

    Traditional deli food is enjoying a national renaissance: New York City is home to Mile End Deli and Sadelle’s. Washington, D.C., has DGS. San Franciscans continue to embrace Wise Sons, and Portland, Ore., boasts Kenny and Zuke’s. 

    And with the recent opening of Wexler’s Deli on...

  • Red-hot grilling tips for the Fourth of July

    June 27, 2016 | 11:08 am

    July Fourth begs for a magnificent grill party. It's summer, it's a great celebration of the nation's birth and everyone is outdoors and in party mode. Why hold back on July Fourth? Why not grill everything? With a couple of days' planning, you can really do something amazingly and...

  • Living off the land

    By Judy Zeidler

    June 24, 2016 | 12:31 pm

    When I think of the original baby boomer, I think of our friend Jay Farbstein. He is an architect specializing in the design of large government buildings, and he lives on his family’s original property off Sunset Boulevard, in a rural area of Pacific Palisades.

    He grew up...

  • Easy and cool pasta dishes for summer

    June 21, 2016 | 11:17 am

    Everyone loves pasta, but during hot summer days a bowl of steaming pasta doesn't sound that appealing.

    Some people make cold macaroni salads, but I think pasta is not meant to be eaten cold and besides, those macaroni salads usually have mayonnaise in them and fill you up too...

  • The end of the farm

    By Rob Eshman

    June 9, 2016 | 10:01 am

    Four years ago, for the holiday of Shavuot, I wrote about my two pygmy goats. How I’d rescued one from a butcher shop, another from an abusive home, and brought them to live, along with our three chickens and two dogs, in the backyard of our Venice home. 

    This is the end of that...

  • Recipe: Blast the heat for a charred vegan salad

    June 6, 2016 | 3:22 pm

    Going vegan tastes so good when you turn up the heat on garbanzo beans and create a beautifully charred vegetable salad.

    Carbon steel pans and their close cousins, cast iron pans, love heat. Turn a burner on high, place the carbon steel pan on the fire, and you’ve pushed the...

  • Power salads: 5 ways to transform dinner

    May 17, 2016 | 11:53 am

    A large plate bursting with colorful plants and topped with a zingy vinaigrette -- a big salad -- has been part of my regular dinner repertoire for years. Happily, this concept is finally getting the love it deserves as a result of today's increased focus on plant-based diets....

  • A food tour of Israel’s cities

    May 16, 2016 | 10:07 am

    Mediterranean cuisine is consumed with gusto all over the world. While many dishes commonly enjoyed in Israel originate elsewhere, things like hummus, falafel, kibbeh, and shakshuka have been adopted into Israeli tradition with the recent advent of “foodie-ism” by chefs all over...

  • Easy vegetarian fare brings the world home

    May 10, 2016 | 3:20 pm

    As a kid, my world of food revolved around my family's Italian cooking: artichokes baked with crisp olive oil crumbs and prosciutto bits, my Nana's soft pillowy ravioli made with passata di pomodoro from her backyard tomatoes, and piles of Mom's crisp fried squash blossoms eaten...

  • US earmarks $50 million in new humanitarian relief for the Gaza Strip

    May 10, 2016 | 1:25 pm

    The United States announced $50 million in new humanitarian assistance for the Gaza Strip.

    The aid announced Monday by the U.S. consul in Jerusalem, Donald Blome, will include the “distribution of food items (such as eggs and cheese) and non-food items (such as school uniforms,...

  • Recipe: Fennel granola is a wild breakfast treat

    May 6, 2016 | 2:14 pm

    Granola is a marvelous vehicle for foraged seeds. When I harvested more than a quart of fennel seeds last fall, I never could have imagined that I'd have used them all by spring.

    Thanks to the delicate anise cookie-like taste of fennel granola, I believe my demand for fennel...

  • Recipe: Bengali lemon coconut fish

    April 29, 2016 | 2:44 pm

    Gandhoraj Maach (Bengali lemon coconut fish)

    This delicate fish dish is traditionally made with the Bengali lime, called Gandhoraj. I have adapted this recipe using lemons and Kaffir lime leaves, offering a delicate and simple dish perfect for spring and summer.

    Prep time: 30...

  • 5 quick, tasty and kosher ways to use leftover matzo

    April 18, 2016 | 2:26 pm

    If you celebrate Passover, you're familiar with this scene: The closing prayers are sung, the last bite of seder brisket is a distant memory, and here you are facing the holiday's inevitable final ritual: [aside] piles of leftover matzo. This unleavened Passover staple never fails...

  • Mushroom Matzo Kugel

    By Elana Horwich

    April 18, 2016 | 12:31 pm

    Within a twelve hour window, I received two emails asking me for a recipe for a Mushroom Matzah Kugel. To be honest, I had never heard of such a thing. But what are the odds that two people sought me out, one a family friend and one a loyal blog follower in Brooklyn, looking for...

  • “Rhapsody in Schmaltz”: Matzah and Michael Wex

    April 14, 2016 | 9:56 am

    'There are those who say that God gave us cardboard so that we could describe the taste of matzoh, but taste is what matzoh is not about,” Michael Wex writes in his new book, “Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can’t Stop Eating It.” 

    “Rhapsody” is Wex’s provocative...

  • Recipe: Bengali egg curry with clingy caramelized onion sauce

    April 11, 2016 | 2:46 pm

    In mid-April, the people of Bengal -- a region straddling Bangladesh and parts of India, including my hometown in West Bengal -- celebrate the Bengali New Year.

    Bengalis of all religious persuasions celebrate this secular holiday with music, song and, of course, plenty of good...

  • An American burrito in Jerusalem

    By Eitan Arom

    April 6, 2016 | 11:49 am

    Much of what’s needed to supply a Mexican restaurant — vegetables and spices, for instance — can be found in the bustling Machane Yehuda market in the heart of Jerusalem.

    But for trickier items, such as the ghost peppers used for a searingly hot homemade sauce, Missy Witt had to...

  • Elizabeth Belkind’s Nutella babka with hazelnut brittle

    March 31, 2016 | 10:53 am

    Note: At Cake Monkey Bakery, pastry chef and co-owner Elizabeth Belkind makes house-made “Nutella” by combining dark chocolate ganache, pastry cream and pulverized hazelnut brittle. For the purpose of simplicity here, she’s substituted it with store-bought Nutella. 


  • Taste of Israel: Gourmet cooks in the kosher kitchen

    By Tess Cutler

    March 30, 2016 | 2:16 pm

    The swanky lobby of the Majestic Downtown was transformed March 20 into a culinary two-story masterpiece as more than 1,000 people, many of them Israeli, mingled and sampled an extensive selection of gourmet food and liquor hailing from the Holy Land. 

    Just one thing seemed to be...

  • ‘My Fat Dad’ delicious as autobiography and cookbook

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 30, 2016 | 12:57 pm

    Food can be a weighty issue, both literally and figuratively, as we discover in “My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes” by Dawn Lerman (Berkley), which began as a blog on The New York Times’ website and has now emerged in print as a fully realized...

  • An opulent showcase for kosher wines and food

    By Jessica Ritz

    March 23, 2016 | 6:06 pm

    “I’m not even Jewish!”

    This is not the conversation I expected to have with an expert winemaker who has been involved with the production of kosher wines for more than a dozen years. But such was the case with the affable Philip Jones, senior winemaker and managing director of...

  • A Purim feast, Persian-style

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 15, 2016 | 10:51 am

    Purim is the holiday that celebrates the liberation of the Persian Jewish community long, long ago. It is a happy time when families rejoice with eating, drinking, costume parties and singing in a carnival-type atmosphere.

    The Purim story transpired in the ancient Persian Empire,...

  • Purim recipe: Chocolate eclair hamantaschen

    March 8, 2016 | 3:44 pm

    While traditional eclairs use a batter to bake the crispy shell, then a homemade custard filling this recipe uses store bought puff pastry, instant vanilla pudding and chocolate chips making it a super simple (and delicious!) treat to whip up for the holiday.


  • Jewish food is delicious, but healthful? Not so much

    March 7, 2016 | 2:46 pm

    I am someone who loves being Jewish and loves to eat. (That’s redundant, isn’t it?) 

    The problem with Jewish foods is that while they’re delicious, they can be very dangerous. My favorite Jewish food of all time is pastrami, which is really just a heart attack waiting to happen....

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