Eat, Drink + Think

Vegetables Are the New Bacon at Dirt Candy

Amanda Cohen, the owner of New York’s Dirt Candy, talks about her favorite Jewish food memories and how vegetables may just be the new bacon.

No Clear Vision: A mutation in the SLC38A8 gene causes vision problems in Mumbai Jews.

The Genes That Affect Indian-Jewish Vision

A mysterious genetic mutation causes sight problems that affect 1 in 10 Indian Jews in Israel. Geneticists at the Soroka Medical Center now want to understand what it does.

In Memoriam: Oralea Marquardt, pictured with her family, holds a photo of her son William, who died of a rare genetic disease in February 2014. She talks about her experiences in a video for the Courageous Parents Network to ease the sense of isolation for other parents.

A Network for Courageous Parents Offers New Views, Advice on Grief

Grieving parents find support and a way to cope with their child’s fatal diagnosis in the Network For Courageous Parents, a new videocentric online resource.

When the Fever Strikes: Familial Mediterranean Fever, which is caused by genetic mutations, affects 1 in 200 Sephardic Jews.

FMF Patients Battle for Awareness and Affordable Drugs

There is no cure for Familial Mediterranean Fever, which strikes 1 in 200 Sephardic Jews. A drug called colchicine manages the symptoms — but rising costs makes it tricky to obtain.

‘Reindeer-herding Appalachian Jew’: Albert Stern (left) was adopted into an Orthodox Jewish family and enjoys teaching his son about his British, Appalachian and Native American roots.

Searching for My Birth Mother's Jewish Heritage

Albert Stern was adopted into an Orthodox Jewish family. When he underwent DNA testing, what he found out about his birth mother wasn’t what he expected.

A Friendship Built on Grief: Emily Rapp (left, with her son Ronan) and Becky Benson (with a picture of her son Elliott) became friends after their children were diagnosed with the fatal Tay Sachs disease.

Two Grieving Mothers, One Friendship

Becky Benson and Emily Rapp both lost a child to Tay Sachs disease. Other than that, they had little in common – until they became each other’s ‘grief mentor.’