Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can't Stop Eating It (2020)

Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can't Stop Eating It Michael Wex Rhapsody in Schmaltz Yiddish Food and Why We Can t Stop Eating It Bagels deli sandwiches and gefilte fish are only a few of the Jewish foods to have crossed into American culture and onto American plates Rhapsody in Schmaltz traces the history and social impact of
  • Title: Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can't Stop Eating It
  • Author: Michael Wex
  • ISBN: 9781250071514
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover
Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can't Stop Eating It Michael Wex Bagels, deli sandwiches and gefilte fish are only a few of the Jewish foods to have crossed into American culture and onto American plates Rhapsody in Schmaltz traces the history and social impact of the cuisine that Yiddish speaking Jews from Central and Eastern Europe brought to the U.S and that their American descendants developed and refined The book looks at how anBagels, deli sandwiches and gefilte fish are only a few of the Jewish foods to have crossed into American culture and onto American plates Rhapsody in Schmaltz traces the history and social impact of the cuisine that Yiddish speaking Jews from Central and Eastern Europe brought to the U.S and that their American descendants developed and refined The book looks at how and where these dishes came to be, how they varied from region to region, the role they played in Jewish culture in Europe, and the role that they play in Jewish and general American culture and foodways today.Rhapsody in Schmaltz traces the pathways of Jewish food from the Bible and Talmud, to Eastern Europe, to its popular landing pads in North America today With an eye for detail and a healthy dose of humor, Michael Wex also examines how these impact modern culture, from temple to television He looks at Diane Keaton s pastrami sandwich in Annie Hall, Andy Kaufman s stint as Latke on Taxi and Larry David s Passover seder on Curb Your Enthusiasm, shedding light on how Jewish food permeates our modern imaginations.Rhapsody in Schmaltz is a journey into the sociology, humor, history, and traditions of food and Judaism.
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  1. Elyse

    A little Nostalgia for meEntertainingd informative Jews may get out of this bookbut non Jewish foodies and history buffs will find this book interesting and enjoyable, just as much Michael Wex doesn t skip a beatking me think he is somewhat of an expert at both Being a foodie at least when it comes to Jewish Foods ,.d being a history buff , himself Besides being bright as hell, he must study the Torah every night This Michael Wex guy is warm d funny , but not in a slapstick way which I apprecia [...]

  2. Orsolya

    Matzo bread, Matzo ball soup, kugel, kreplach you don t have to be Jewish to be familiar with these foods In fact, you have probably even consumed one or of these during your lifetime Jewish Yiddish food goes beyond the confines of Jewish communities and has an impact on social cultures and norms Michael Wex explores the social history of this cuisine in, Rhapsody in Schmaltz Yiddish Food and Why We Can t Stop Eating it In Rhapsody in Schmaltz , Wex attempts to chronicle Yiddish food by focusin [...]

  3. Jill

    Like tzimmes, the quintessential Jewish dish of endless variety, surprise, and subtle unexpected flavors, this book is a mishmosh of history, jokes, folklore, religious instruction, and recipes related to the food of Ashkenazi Jews, i.e Jews of Central and East European descent This book is quite entertaining, never mind that I wouldn t get within ten feet of most of the food described in this book e.g calf s foot jelly, sheep brains, kishka a.k.a stuffed intestines The author, who also wrote Bo [...]

  4. Judy

    Michael Wex has written a very likable work Equal parts food writing, historical and sociological study, popular culture reference, and celebration of heritage and ethnicity, his writing is engaging and entertaining His references to popular cultural served to contextually place examples that brought contemporary meaning to the information I certainly have a deeper understanding of the history, the ritual, and the importance of food within the Yiddish culture and enjoyed the learning experience. [...]

  5. Lynne

    Everything you ever wanted to know about Jewish food As a Jew, I always wondered why we observe specific customs and rituals now I know This book was a light hearted, albeit detailed, look at Jewish food from all aspects Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.

  6. Anna Katharine

    My experience with Yiddish food is probably no different than any non Jewish American who occasionally lives in big cities bagels and matzoh are good, gefilte fish is sold in jars and looks disgusting, and the Seder meal consists of traditional dishes that are culturally important, but aren t necessary tasty With a big dose of humor, Wex does a delightful job describing the history of food that actually is, or is traditionally associated with, Jewish immigrants to the US, and untangles the multi [...]

  7. Mike Meyer

    First the bad More than you ever wanted, or needed, to know about Jewish food The author was thorough to a fault, I definitely struggled through some paragraphs detailing the ingredients of a given dish wondering how long I would retain such information or what I would even do with it Not all of his jokes land and some of the many metaphors and examples are a stretch.Now that the airing of the grievances is over, I really enjoyed this book Wex s thesis seems to be that Jewish food is connected t [...]

  8. Jim

    i won this advance reader through or library thing a year ago, i ve started it a half dozen times and made the mistake of reading the forward bagels in nyc are likened to horse turds by the author s friend on the first page every time i try to read this book about food, i have that picture the author put in my mind on the first paget worth fighting the image to continue.

  9. Alyssa

    I won an Advanced Uncorrected Proof of this book through Giveaways With eerie timing, I found this book in my mailbox only a few days before Pesach began I was already in the middle of another book, but I put it down so I could get started on this right away Wex begins with the oldest known Jewish food Matzah Matzah, and manna.His writing is easy going, entertaining, and peppered with humor I don t know much Yiddish, but I know a lot about cholent, gefilte fish, and deli Or, at least I thought I [...]

  10. AthenaTheOwl

    This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for a fair review The food we eat says much about who we are and where we come from With it s own rituals and history, each mouthful is a connection to a long forgotten past But even foods that are familiar can belie strange and unusual stories Rhapsody in Schmaltz is the biography of Jewish food, specifically Ashkenazi Eastern European food, and how it has influenced language, culture and belief While most people are familiar with the idea of Kash [...]

  11. Jan

    I had thought that this was a book with a lot of recipes I was wrong I thought it would be boring I found it funnier than a Mel Brooks movie Oh, sure, there is a ton of Eastern European history, centering on the Jewish population, and lots of explaining why things are done in a specific way, but it is so much My people came from Poland and Germany, I was raised in a non Roman church and married a man from a dedicated German Lutheran family, I am reasonably familiar with the early books of the O [...]

  12. Ralphz

    Rhapsody in Schmaltz is a wonderful love letter to Yiddish food and anytime anything ethnically Yiddish is involved, it s always a fun look at the language, too.Wex recounts all the tasty Yiddish food out there and all the rest, too From chicken soup to matzoh to bagels and everything else, we get the story of all the food, from its creation to its current manifestation.The story of Yiddish food is also the story of the Jewish people around the world Most of it is from the Ashenazi Jews of Easte [...]

  13. Mary

    Ever wonder why gefilte fish looks like that Or what, exactly, kishke is Or how bagels got to be such a mainstream breakfast choice If so, you ll enjoy this book Schmaltz, or chicken fat, was a recurring joke among Mad magazine s staffers in its early days, and I remember first encountering it within the pages of dusty back issues But schmaltz is than a gag, it s the foundation on which Jewish cookery is built Wex s sense of irony and love of Yiddishkeit Yiddish culture are just as apparent in [...]

  14. Jamie Ashworth

    I received this book through the giveaway contest.Michael Wex navigates the history of Jewish food through the prohibitions of religion and poverty The style is light and humorous but still dense and detailed Wex does a thorough job of introducing cultural terms and concepts, and then expanding on the way they shaped Jewish diet throughout history.I began this book knowing little about Jewish history and food history Rhapsody in Schmaltz, is fascinating and easy to understand for a novice or an [...]

  15. Biblio Files (takingadayoff)

    Although I was expecting another breezy social history of delis in North America, Michael Wex delivered a substantial menu Rhapsody in Schmaltz is a serious history of Yiddish food from its origins to the present day in North America It s scholarly and academic in its scope, but told with humor and clarity Why can t you mix milk and meat at a meal How do you make the perfect bagel What IS schmaltz, anyway Hint not just chicken fat Informative, fun, so read it already

  16. Gerard Villegas

    Oy vey What is this hilarious historical insight into Jewish food Well Michael Wex certainly has it figured out as he takes us through the past of how kosher meals have developed over time Quoting history and religious resources, Wex gives readers a lighthearted look into popular foods like matzo and kugel and how it has made itself mainstream into popular culture A very enjoyable read.

  17. Nancy

    This was a very enjoyable book about the history of Jewish food from biblical times to the modern day I learned things that were new to me about foods I have heard about and some that I have eaten that I never knew The amount of trivia was enjoyable The most enjoyable thing I learned was a new phrase oylem goylem Read the book to add this to your vocabulary.

  18. Mom2nine

    Who knew Excellent insights on the meaning of food and its preparation As a Christian, it gave new insights to Old Testament stories Well done and flows nicely Thank you for book received through contest.

  19. The Jewish Book Council

    How Jewish food exemplifies a world language, peppered with strains and sources from across the world Review by Arlene Soifer for the Jewish Book Council.

  20. Danette

    I have to admit I skimmed over some spots that I didn t find super interesting Some sections I really enjoyed and others I found a bit dry Definitely worth a skim, if not a full read though.

  21. Ruth Feathers

    An interesting look at the food rules and how they have informed all of our views on food, particularly in North America.

  22. Seton Rae

    An extensive and well researched history of Jewish cuisine, written in an engaging and conversational style.

  23. Verkakte

    Full review to come I am grateful to have received an ARC of this humorous and well researched book through Giveaways.

  24. Lois

    I received this book from Good Reads about a month ago The first 2 chapters are real boring, but once you get them the book is very educational It was fun to learn where some idioms come from.

  25. Sara Cat

    If you liked his others, you ll like this Instead of through language, he explores culture through food and of course language as well Not a food porn book, for those expecting that.

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