Just before Hanukkah each year, doughnut collections are released in Israel as if they were haute couture Parisienne fashion. The humble Israeli jelly-filled doughnut dusted with powdered sugar has evolved over the last decade or two into doughnuts with show-stopping glazes, decorations, and gimmicks — and palate-tantalizing flavors.
While the American food-loving public may be enamored of figures such as Bobby Flay and Martha Stewart, anyone familiar with the Israeli food scene knows about Gil Hovav. Israel’s foremost food celebrity, Hovav has been the leading “ambassador” of Israeli food around the world for over 25 years. A best-selling cookbook author, a restaurant critic and the star of several food-related television series, his charming personality and wit have made him a household name in Israel.
Adventurous latke lovers take note: 2017 is turning out to be the year of the magnificent mashup. We’re talking Indian-inspired potato pancakes in Wisconsin, latkes à la Quebecois (latke poutine!) in Brooklyn, and even a Tex-Mex rendition in Houston.
JTA — Baseball gloves and caricatures of famous ballplayers adorn the walls of Milt’s Extra Innings — no surprise for a deli that’s a short drive from Wrigley Field, the fabled home of the Chicago Cubs.
Chocolate lovers on your gift list will be delighted to take a deep dive into the delicious topic of Jews and chocolate, with the newly released 2nd edition of “On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao” (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2017). Written by Forward contributor Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz, the book offers a fascinating look into the connections between Jews and chocolate throughout history, starting with the early chocolate trade. It follows the path of Jewish migration, and illustrates the ways Jewish values infuse and affect the chocolate industry today.