This week's Torah portion, Shmini, is after the dedication of the Tabernacle and the ordination of the priests. Two of Aaron's sons bring a strange fire before God and are consumed by fire. God then instructs Moses and Aaron regarding which animals may be eaten. The Torah portion explains the laws of Kashrut. It is all about food! As our TBE family knows, our congregation is often all about food (LOL) and we are carrying that tradition on with a special program. We are so lucky to welcome Joan Nathan back home to talk about her new book release "King Solomon's Table: A culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking From Around the World" this Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM.
Joan Nathan used all the experience she's accumulated throughout her career tracing foods of the Jewish Diaspora to take on her latest project.
With a mix of deep historical research, combined with personal anecdotes of her many friends, relatives and colleagues around the world, her book, "King Solomon's Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking From Around the World," combines Nathan's celebrated knowledge of all things related to Jewish food with her accessible storytelling voice. The book looks to the royal figure as both a symbolic and practical starting point from which to track Jewish ingredients, cooking methods and traditions, and how they cross-pollinated with others.
"Solomon's Table" took six years to write. Nathan is accustomed to connecting the dots of past and present and exploring the culinary traditions that fall under the complex banner of Jewish food, but this book proved to be a different beast. She chased down leads in far-flung locales, including India, Cuba and El Salvador. "It's so much fun to travel when your destination has a purpose," she said with her typical enthusiasm.
As we learn in Shmini about food in ancient times, Joan too, makes connections back to the origins of Jewish cooking in ancient Israel and as far back as Babylonia. Joan then explored more food-related parallels linking the biblical figure of Abraham to King Solomon to how people eat today.
Thank you to Sisterhood for co-sponsoring this event which you surely will not want to miss.