Food for Thought
Everything is feminist about the kitchen. And so much is Jewish about food. Leviticus (chapter 11) wants us to keep kosher so that we are present to gratitude and holiness. Deuteronomy (chapter 14) wants us to keep kosher because promises matter: We promised God at Sinai to do certain things — one of those things has to do with how we stuff our mouths.
The three intimate stories that follow shorten the [food] chain between gender and Judaism.
In This Feature
by Elise WienerUnited by Kibbe
Elise Wiener draws together next-generation Syrian Jews with the help of Aunt Ray’s magical recipe, straight fromthe Fry-o-Lator. (Bonus: recipe included.)
by Melissa Orshan SpannAdvice for the Bride-to-Be: “Just Don’t Eat!”
Melissa Orshan Spann confesses that despite her professional smarts — she counsels women with eating disorders — she was almost a victim of Perfect Day pre-wedding starvationrituals herself.
by Susan RemsonDead Women in My Kitchen Cupboard
Susan Remson cooks with the women in her life, past and present. It’s not quite magical realism, but the conjuring capabilities of our recipe boxes come pretty close.