Purim Lanu, Pesah a la Manu! (Purim’s over; Pesah is around the corner)

When it’s cold, gray and pouring rain outdoors, it’s a treat to be indoors pouring over a cookbook full of warm inspiration from sunnier places. Lately I’ve been doing just that in a tiny rural town in Galicia, where I’ve been on an extended visit since last summer, wrestling my ancestors and reacclimating, after fifteen years in the Mediterranean, to an Atlantic climate. Sunny Portugal may be a stone’s throw from my doorstep, but winter here has felt more like the Orkneys (right now it feels like Siberia) – minus a crackling fire, or good scotch, to keep me warm.

For that, I’ve got Jennifer Abadi’s new cookbook, Too Good to Passover: Sephardic & Judeo-Arabic Seder Menus and Memories from Africa, Asia, and Europe, and so far, it’s doing a fine job.

A good idea is only as good as your ability to get it done, so I was pleased to see this book finished at last after nine years in the making. At more than 670 pages, it was a huge undertaking, and worth the long wait. Abadi, author of A Fistful of Lentils: Syrian-Jewish Recipes from Grandma Fritzie’s Kitchen, was relentless in her pursuit of Passover memoirs, family traditions, and recipes from communities of the non-Ashkenazic world – many of them not often heard from, or even about, or now only extant in exile. What began as a simple inquiry into different Passover traditions (Abadi’s original idea was to build a framework for recipes she teaches in her cooking classes), became a commitment to honor the communities and families that shaped them.

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Eat, Walk, Learn

Today, some exciting news on the ground: At long last, I have merged my passions for Sephardic food and history into a single, delicious and fascinating ramble through Barcelona.

I’ve wanted to do this for ages! Drawing from my years of independent research and exploration, it’s the first food walk of its kind, and I’m more than a little in love with it. I think you will be, too. Continue reading

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Pesah alegre!

Wishing everyone a beautiful and Happy Passover!

 

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I’m Old Fashioned

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Happy Springtime!

Well, the new, organized me just keeps on happening, so scroll on up to the top of this page, spot the new PASSOVER tab, and head on over there for quick links to holiday recipes and reading.

I’ll drag this site out of the Dark Ages yet. In the meantime, here’s a little Blossom to welcome in Spring:

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