The Shmooze

What Does Your Favorite Jewish Food Say About You?

By Rachel Seliger

Dreaming of a bagel and schmear/stroll combo? Or are you more of a curl-up-in-your-PJs with a bowl of a matzo ball soup kind of person?

Read on to discover if your noshing has a deeper meaning:

1) Bagel

You’re a classic and everybody loves you. Be careful that you don’t let it go to your head, because a large part of your appeal is your unpretentious simplicity.


2) Hamentashen

You’re constantly throwing theme parties and love any excuse to wear a costume.


3) Matzo ball soup

Your nickname might be “old reliable”; your partners are lucky to be able to count on you through sickness and health.


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A Zinger From Joan Rivers

By Anne Cohen

Paula Deen jokes have been all over the Internet since the Southern food maven’s use of the N-word and other racial slurs became public knowledge.

But none of the aforementioned gags tops Joan Rivers’ tweet, posted on Friday after it was announced that Barry Weiss, Deen’s longtime agent, had gotten the sack:

Touche, Joan. Touche.

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Are U.S. Students Determining Israeli Corporate Policy?

By Nathan Jeffay

The Israeli food giant Strauss has found itself caught between a rock and a hard place. Internationally, some customers have been furious at the company’s declaration that it supports the Israeli military. According to press reports, until a few weeks ago in the “corporate responsibility” section of its website it declared:

Our connection with soldiers goes as far back as the country, and even further. We see a mission and need to continue to provide our soldiers with support, to enhance their quality of life and service conditions, and to sweeten their special moments. We have adopted the Golani reconnaissance platoon for over 30 years and provide them with an ongoing variety of food products for their training or missions, and provide personal care packages for each soldier that completes the path.

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Food Programs Define Israeli Cuisine

By Devra Ferst

If you think Israeli food comprises just hummus, falafel and shawarma you have a lot to learn (and taste). Modern Israeli cuisine is hip, fresh, local and heavily influenced by the loads of immigrants living there. For your convenience, we’ve found two food programs, both happening this week, sure to bring you and your taste buds up to speed.

Photo by Michael Lionstar

Celebrity Israeli Chef Haim Cohen, host of the cooking show “Garlic, Pepper and Olive Oil,” will be preparing a dinner at the venerable James Beard Foundation tonight in New York. Serving up dishes like whitefish ceviche, labaneh filled torellini, and seared calamari with hummus, he’ll incorporate traditional and new Israeli ingredients into the meal.

For a more in-depth look at modern Israeli cuisine, you can sign up for the New York Times’ course “The New Israeli Cuisine,” a week-long online seminar led by Times food writer Joan Nathan and Janna Gur, editor of Israel’s leading food magazine, On The Table.

Leave the schnitzel and falafel at home.

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