The Jew And The Carrot

A Food Lover's Farewell To the Forward

By Devra Ferst

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Martyna Starosta

Shabbat dinner was a staple of my childhood — complete with sweet kiddush wine, freshly baked challah and friends around the table. But instead of the traditional chicken, kugel and tzimmes, our dinner menu was grilled fish, roasted vegetables and melon. Classic Ashkenazi or “bubbe fare” rarely graced our table. Brisket was reserved for holidays and my grandmother’s ever so light gefilte fish was prepared once a year — on Passover.

I came to Jewish food through the Forward. For the past three plus years I have edited nearly every piece of food content that we have published. I learned how to make gefilte fish from the Gefilteria, the trade secrets of New York’s best matzo ball soups and how to fry a perfect Israeli-style schnitzel. Through our Shabbat Meals series, I was able to pull up a chair to countless Shabbat dinners hosted by our writers around the world, hear about their customs and learn their family recipes. I watched modern Jewish food flourish and Israeli food really start to come into its own. While I have loved many of the food articles in the Forward, below is a list of my all time favorites.

This week is my last at the Forward before I join Eater NY as the associate editor. It has been a delicious honor to work as the Forward’s food editor and one that surely would not have been possible without my exceptional colleagues and a passionate and talented team of freelancers. I hope you will stay in touch and send me your holiday cooking questions at @devraferst.

Berlin’s Jewish Comeback

By Leah Koenig


Jewish Food Goes from Haimish to Haute

By Adeena Sussman


Shabbat Meals: ‘Comfort Food’ — Chicken Tagine and Curried Couscous

By Sam Freedman


New York Pop-Ups Deliver the Country’s Most Exciting Jewish Fare

By Devra Ferst


What Is Israeli Cuisine? A Conversation with Janna Gur and Michael Solomonov


Anthony Bourdain’s Big Israeli Disappointment

By Devra Ferst


Rosemary Ricotta Blintzes with Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

By Molly Yeh


The Great Bagel Peace Treaty of 2014

By Devra Ferst and Anne Cohen


The Great American Deli Rescue

Debating the Deli from Jewish Daily Forward on Vimeo.


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