THE FOUR-CENTURY JOURNEY OF THE UBIQUITOUS BAGEL

Let us consider the ubiquitous bagel, that round piece of dough with a hole in the middle that has transformed itself from the food of old country Ashkenazi Jews into a symbol of cross-cultural unity. As a youngster growing up in Brooklyn, New York in the 1940s, I... Read More

AT LAST, A SUCCESSFUL MUSHROOM SOUP

By Larry Levine – The sun was bright and the morning temperature had inched north of 60 degrees on the way to a high of 69 for the day. It was the third day of winter and the Studio City Farmers’ Market in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Los Angeles was... Read More

The one true international food / DUMPLINGS

By Larry Levine – Call them piroshky, or pierogi, or kreplach, sui mai, won tons, or quenelles, matzo balls, gefelte fish, ravioli or any of a thousand other names. You can boil them, steam them, fry them, bake them, or cook them pretty much any way you want. You can... Read More