|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||7.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
There was always, even centuries ago, a touch of otherness in Jewish cooking, a cosmopolitanism which broke even through ghetto walls... Before the days of mass communication, Jews had their own network of communication. The vehicles of gastronomic knowledge were merchants and peddlers, traveling rabis, preachers and teachers, students and cantors, professional letter carriers, beggars (who were legion), and pilgrims on their way to and from the Holy Land.
Dishes are important because they are a link with the past, a celebration of roots, a symbol of continuity. They are that part of an immigrant culture which survives the longest, kept up even when clothing, music, language,a nd religious observance have been abandoned. Although cooking is fragile because it lives in human activity, it isn't easily destroyed. It is transmitted in every family like genes, and it has the capacity for change and for passing on new experience from one generation to another."