“The Iraqi Table” review

“The Iraqi Table” beautifully captures the essence of Iraq’s diverse cuisine, from street food to celebrations, in over 100 approachable recipes.

The Modern Kosher Kitchen

Ronnie Fein’s Modern Kosher Kitchen will revitalize your meals with a healthy dose of whole grains and international influences!

“Dinner: Changing the Game” (Blogging for Books review)

A member of Food62’s Cookbook Club on Facebook, I greatly enjoyed cooking my way through Diana Henry’s “Simple” and was intrigued when Melissa Clark’s “Dinner: Changing the Game” was selected for a future month; many other group members drew stylistic comparisons between the two.  I loved Diana’s simple, international-influenced recipes that were the perfect fit…

Sayonara Japan, hello Croatia! Balkan adventure Day 1

After nine months of anticipation, the day had finally arrived – after a whirlwind summer of publishing four articles for Metropolis Magazine and Stars and Stripes Japan, my trip to Croatia had finally arrived. Croatia has been on my to-visit list for the last decade or so, and the several Croatian students I’ve taught were…

“Perfect for Pesach” review

Naomi Nachman grew up in Australia watching her mother and grandmother prepare weekly feasts for her family. She started her own kosher personal chef business The Aussie Gourmet to provide kosher meals for families within Long Island’s Five Towns. In 2007, she created a Culinary Arts program at Camp Dina and is the director of…

Ocean Greens: Explore the World of Edible Seaweed and Sea Vegetables

In my very first introduction to Japanese culture and language in fifth grade, our sensei handed out nori snacks – those crunchy, salty potato chip impostors beloved in Korea, Japan, and now the United States. Twelve-year-old me had grown up on hearty Polish comfort foods like pierogi and kasha and my taste buds weren’t quite…

Kamakura and Himeji

For the long weekend last weekend, I had a jam-packed itinerary planned that included a daylong photography workshop in Kamakura followed by two nights in Himeji. Although the weather forecast initially promised clouds and rain, it was a gorgeous day to photograph the plum blossoms and many temples. After a four-hour train ride, I arrived…

“Palestine on a Plate” – Cooking with love

Over the last 10 years, I’ve taught hundreds of students from the Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Qatar, UAE, Iraq, Kuwait. Bedouins and poets, engineers and pilots, all ended up in my classroom, and we bonded over a love of good food, culture, and stories shared over tiny cups of aromatic, cardamom-laced Saudi coffee,…

Traditional Jewish Baking

As a longtime fan of Anne Taintor and the Brass Sisters, I love anything that combines my love for retro / vintage style with nostalgic and heirloom recipes. Carine Goren, self-taught baker and popular Israeli TV host / cookbook author, combines both of these with aplomb. In “Traditional Jewish Baking,” Carine has taken beloved classics…