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  • Michael Israel Wins ‘Chopped!’—Now Where’s Our Restaurant??

    By Rob Eshman

    August 22, 2013 | 12:41 pm

    If L.A. has such great kosher chefs, why don’t we have at least one great kosher restaurant?

    This month,  two L.A. kosher chefs competed on separate episodes of the popular Food Network show, “Chopped!” -- and both won.  So our chefs can win national cooking competitions, but our...

  • Michael Israel Goes on the Chopped Block

    By Rob Eshman

    August 16, 2013 | 2:30 pm

    Jewish Journal food blogger Michael Israel will step up to the Chopped block this Sunday, August 18 to compete in a food truck edition of the Food Network show "Chopped!"

    Michael's blog at jewishjournal.com, Kosher Bacon, reinterprets and reimagines the encyclopedia of Jewish...

  • It’s Not Easy Being “Fishy”

    By Michael Israel

    August 20, 2012 | 6:02 pm

    Fish is one of the most polarizing foods in our diet. Many people have awful memories of growing up in a home where fish night was nightmarish. Prior to the explosion of sushi restaurants in the U.S., many home cooks were under the impression that fish are full of bacteria and...

  • A Day with Gil Marks

    By Michael Israel

    August 13, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    Recently, on a trip to New York, I had the opportunity to meet Gil Marks. Gil has been incredibly supportive and encouraging in my quest to reinvent every recipe in his book Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. I wanted to have a chance to thank him in person for his work and willingness to...

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  • The Road to New Jewish Cuisine

    By Michael Israel

    July 9, 2012 | 7:07 pm

    Discovering Encyclopedia of Jewish Food has changed my life as a cook. I have always wanted to explore classic Jewish cuisine and find ways to contribute to its modernization. I am a firm believer that any craftsman, whether carpenter or chef, must understand the classics before...

  • Humbly Luxurious

    By Michael Israel

    July 3, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    Luxury apartments for rent! Luxury car sale this weekend! Luxury socks, get them while supplies last! The term Luxury is almost as overused as the word gourmet, so much that it has almost lost its meaning. Truly luxurious food typically utilizes scarce or expensive ingredients, and...

  • Stewing Over the Spanish Inquisition

    By Michael Israel

    June 25, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    The single most incriminating dish of the Spanish Inquisition, Adafina, is the first entry in Gil Marks’ inspiring tome, Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. Reviewing the more than 300 recipes in this incredible book, a few critical facts about Jews become clear. We have been kicked out...

  • The Cure [RECIPE]

    By Michael Israel

    June 19, 2012 | 6:03 pm

    Republican or Democrat, Atheist or Believer, Jew or Foodie. Most agree that the first two comparisons are well known as groups with opposing ideas, but few think of the third comparison as opposing groups. How can a Jew be a foodie or even think of being a chef in America? Chefdom in...

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