What is Jewish food, really?

02.08.2012                      14.Aw. 5772

Jüdisches Essen:

What is Jewish food, really?

Let’s be frank here: there is little that separates Jewish food from any other, save for the kosher aspect. Kosher Chinese food is just as Jewish as a kosher Aussie barbeque, which is just as Jewish as kosher New York deli sandwiches.

I never really understood the appeal of a pastrami sandwich. Sure, it’s tasty, and who doesn’t love cured meats, but my friends, growing up, would flock to good delis in droves. They would repeatedly exclaim, “I just love Jewish food!” before slathering mayonnaise on a roast beef sandwich. I would usually look at them with confusion, as I had never eaten rye bread and had no idea what “those black seeds” really were….