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This volume covers a comprehensive array of topics, including American ...
This volume covers a comprehensive array of topics, including American regional manifestations of food practices from little-known Jewish communities in cities such as contemporary Brighton Beach and Memphis; a social history of Jewish food in America by the renowned expert on Jewish food Joan Nathan; and an examination of how the American food industry appealed to early twentieth-century Jews.
Several discussions of the religious meaning and personal advantages of following a vegetarian lifestyle are considered from biblical and historical perspectives. A rescued cookbook text from the Theresienstadt concentration camp is juxtaposed with an examination of how garlic in Jewish cooking served as an anti-Semitic caricature in early modern Europe. Historical perspectives are also provided on the use of separate dishes for milk and meat, the sanctification of Hasidic foods in Eastern Europe, and “mystical satiation” as found in the medieval Kabbalah.
“I would recommend it for Jewish collections because it covers a broad spectrum of topics on a subject of interest to so many.”—Marion M. Stein, Association of Jewish Libraries
— Marion M. Stein
|A social history of Jewish food in America||1|
|Smoked salmon sushi and sturgeon stomachs : the Russian Jewish foodscapes of New York||15|
|The art of Jewish food||27|
|Exploring southern Jewish foodways||67|
|The vegetarian alternative : biblical adumbrations, modern reverberations||79|
|In memory's kitchen : reflections on a recently discovered form of Holocaust literature||105|
|Does God care what we eat? : Jewish theologies of food and reverence for life||119|
|Nebraska Jewish charitable cookbooks, 1901-2002||133|
|Public and private in the kitchen : eating Jewish in the Soviet State||149|
|Kashrut : the possibility and limits of women's domestic power||169|
|Holy kugel : the sanctification of Ashkenazic ethnic foods in Hasidism||193|
|"As the Jews like to eat garlick" : garlic in Christian-Jewish polemical discourse in early modern Germany||215|
|Separating the dishes : the history of a Jewish eating practice||235|
|The blessing in the belly : mystical satiation in medieval Kabbalah||257|
|Food of the book or food of Israel? : Israelite and Jewish food laws in the Muslim exegesis of Quran 3:93||281|
|Meals as midrash : a survey of ancient meals in Jewish studies scholarship||297|
|The vegetarian ideal in the Bible||319|
|Food fight : the Americanization of kashrut in twentieth-century America||335|