I'm a geographically-misplaced, Argentine-born, Manhattan-raised, immeasurably neurotic Jewish opera singer living in a remote area of Western Canada. Don't even ask.
Thanks to a little virus that's decided to shut down the world, and more specifically, the arts, I find myself without a career, making less than bupkes. Don't worry, I'm still singing...it's just that no one is listening.
Throughout my life, when little else has made sense, I've cooked. And that's exactly what you'll find me doing now.
I've decided that if I can't be the world's greatest entertainer (Barbra's already claimed that title, anyway), I'll become the best balabusta I can possibly be. I'm a notorious food pusher and have always derived some of my greatest joy from feeding people.
So join me as I tackle the 400+ recipes in Leah Koenig's 2019 The Jewish Cookbook, a "celebration of the diversity and breadth of this venerable culinary tradition, evolving constantly to reflect the changing geographies and ingredients of its cooks."
While I have never been a particularly religious or regularly practicing Jew (I've always felt most aligned with the "ish" in Jewish), so much of my life is increasingly tied to my Jewish identity. I want to learn more. I want to dive into the classic recipes for dishes from the Middle East to the Americas, from Europe to Asia to Africa. I want to delve deep into the remembrances of foods past, exploring the tradition which teaches that when Moses descended from Mount Sinai, he gave the waiting Jewish women the code of culinary practice by which they have conducted their kitchens ever since.
I also want to make the world's best bagel.
Finally, I have always loved the idea of tikkun olam, the notion of repairing the world and using our time here to leave our earth better than we found it. Well, now I have the time...and the world sure needs the help. And what better way than with good food?
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A little compilation of my pre-pandemic life as a live performer. Those were the days, my friend! Now I cook brisket and curse in Yiddish.