If you’re a fan of Jewish Geography (The “Guess Who’s Jewish” Game) like me, here’s a wow tidbit. Gwyneth Paltrow, screen goddess, interfaith progeny of the late Hollywood producer-director Bruce Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner, and descendant of a distinguished line of rabbis, participates in a blog called Goop.com where she shares tips on living. In this post, now two weeks old but still of interest, she offers a trove of ideas for her readers on new ways to ease the task of keeping kosher for Passover. Who knew? (Hat tip to Nate Bloom at the Popular Culture blog of InterfaithFamily.com.)
Keeping kosher will be easy this year now that I have discovered Claudia Roden’s brilliant book, The Book of Jewish Food. I have to say that irrespective of religion, culture, or background, this is one of the best books I’ve ever cooked out of. The flavors are outstanding and all of the recipes I have tried have been simple to prepare and quick. I included some of my favorites, which are great for Passover, or just any old day for that matter. In keeping with our theme, we have two different versions of matzo brei for brunch and FINALLY, we have found two gorgeous kosher wines from the Napa Valley that are sure to take your Seder up a notch (sorry Mr. Manishevitz).
And while we’re wallowing in antiquarian Jewish obsessions, this is a must-see Web site, recommended by my friend and colleague Allan Nadler. It’s appropriately called OldJewsTellingJokes.com.
Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).