“The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook” is a deceptively slim volume containing multitudes — colorful profiles and photographs of more than 40 small farms and the people devoted to running them; 125 recipes that the farmers inspired; and compelling information about the issues they face — economic, environmental, and societal — and what can be done to tackle them. Though not specifically a Jewish cookbook — only two of the farmers are Jewish, and there is pork in these pages — there is a clear set of Jewish values that underlie the text.
The Berkshires is real Norman Rockwell country. But in recent years, the tide of summertime visitors has brought with it a new constituency not much seen before in these storied hills: haredi Orthodox Jews.
It’s deeply ironic that Tanglewood, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, was essentially the creation of Jews in a place largely resentful of their presence.