01.03.2011 25.Adar l, 5771
The Jewish Palate: The Jews of Libya
Chef Dennis Wasko explores how the long history of Libya's Jews influenced the cuisine of this North African country.
Jewish settlement in Libya can be traced back to the 3rd century B.C.E. At that time, and until the twentieth century, the vast area now known as Libya was made up of the provinces of Cyrenaica, Tripolitania, and Fezzan.
Jewish life flourished in the region especially in Cyrenaica. Many of the Jewish settlers came from Egypt. There were great trade routes that stretched across the Maghreb (Northern Africa) and to Jerusalem. The strong trade ties allowed the Jews of North Africa to maintain ties with Jerusalem….