Rhapsody in Schmaltz

Rhapsody in Schmaltz

Yiddish Food and Why We Can't Stop Eating It

Book - 2016
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"Bagels, deli sandwiches and gefilte fish are only a few of the Jewish foods to have crossed into American culture and onto American plates. Rhapsody in Schmaltz traces the history and social impact of the cuisine that Yiddish-speaking Jews from Central and Eastern Europe brought to the U.S. and that their American descendants developed and refined. The book looks at how and where these dishes came to be, how they varied from region to region, the role they played in Jewish culture in Europe, and the role that they play in Jewish and more general American culture and foodways today. Rhapsody in Schmaltz traces the pathways of Jewish food from the Bible and Talmud, to Eastern Europe, to its popular landing pads in North America today. With an eye for detail and a healthy dose of humor, Michael Wex also examines how these impact modern culture, from temple to television. He looks at Diane Keaton's pastrami sandwich in Annie Hall, Andy Kaufman's stint as Latke on Taxi and Larry David's Passover seder on Curb Your Enthusiasm, shedding light on how Jewish food permeates our modern imaginations. Rhapsody in Schmaltz is a journey into the sociology, humor, history, and traditions of food and Judaism"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250071514
Branch Call Number: 641.5676 WEX
Characteristics: xviii, 297 pages ; 22 cm


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Harriet_the_Spy Dec 16, 2016

Nobody is as knowledgeable and hilarious about Yiddish culture as Michael Wex. This book follows up where is classic "Born to Kvetch" leaves off--this time focusing on food, but still illustrating, in the most fun way possible, how culture, language, and being are one big package.


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Harriet_the_Spy Dec 16, 2016

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