Growing up in the Midwest in the 1980s and 1990s, I never knew from a bialy. Bagels we had aplenty — though mostly oversized and of the blasphemously flavored variety (think blueberry and, my childhood favorite, chocolate chip). But shortly after moving to New York in my early 20s, I met the beautiful bialy — a delightful cross between a bagel and an onion roll — flat and chewy, with a well of caramelized onion and poppy seeds pressed into its center.
When Frances Dinkelspiel wrote the proposal for her new book, “Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California,” she had planned to leave her own connection to the California wine industry out of it.
Haven’s Kitchen owner Alison Cayne (above) says, “Everything you do creates this bigger energy. That connectedness is a very Jewish concept.”
Cheese lovers of the Jewish world, rejoice: the original Parmesan cheese from Italy is now available in a kosher version.