Biblical ethnobotanist Jon Greenberg (above) says that beer and wine both have a very significant background in Jewish tradition.
In her recently published memoir “My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, Family and Recipes,” (Berkley Books, September 2015), New York Times wellness blogger and nutritionist Dawn Lerman shares her food journey and that of her father, a copywriter from the “Mad Men” era of advertising at the Leo Burnett and McCann Erickson firms. Lerman spent her early childhood in Chicago constantly hungry as her ad man father pursued endless fad diets from Atkins to Pritikin, and insisted that Lerman and her mother adopt his diets to help keep him on track. As a child, Lerman felt undernourished both physically and emotionally, except for one saving grace: the loving attention she received from her maternal grandmother, Beauty.
We got a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of Breads Bakery’s Purim treats.
Merrymaking and over-indulgence are encouraged in Purim celebrations. Esther’s good looks, luck and wherewithal saved the Jews in the Persian Empire from being annihilated. What followed, on the 14th of Adar, was the world’s first Purim party, an occasion of great levity.