The lobby of the Jewish Museum on the Upper East Side of Manhattan hummed with energy and clinking ice cubes.
Amid this year’s bumper crop of Israeli cookbooks, Miami-based Yaniv Cohen has found a new angle. The Israeli-born chef, who bills himself as The Spice Detective, just published My Spiced Kitchen, his first collection of recipes; every dish comes with a breezy treatise on the spice it features. Cohen, who runs Miami’s Jaffa by the Spice Detective restaurant along with a corporate catering business, shared some spicy talk with the Forward from South Florida.
I’ve been living in New York City for ten years now, and on countless occasions, I’ve walked by chic little restaurants with diners seated outside, and wondered out loud — Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a kosher Manhattan restaurant with outdoor seating? With our large population, our resources, and our ingenuity, why can’t we New York Jews figure out a way to enjoy a glass of kosher cabernet with an evening breeze?
Whether or not rainbow bagels should exist in the first place is a question we’ll save for another time.