Evelyn Rose blossoms again

By Victoria Prever, July 22, 2011

Know anyone getting married this summer? Look no further for the perfect gift - the third edition of Evelyn Rose's The New Complete International Jewish Cookbook is published this month.

Dressed in (not overly practical) glamorous white and gold, it even looks the part.


Want a hechsher? You'll have to talk to Big Brother

By Victoria Prever, July 14, 2011

The London Beth Din (KLBD) has a fearsome reputation. According to one kosher caterer, they trust no one - not even their inspectors, the shomrim. Rabbi Hillel Simon is the Beth Din's Big Brother, the man who looks over the shoulders of the shomrim and ensure kosher is kept.

To the less observant, Orthodox food laws can be intimidating.


Dining to make a difference

By Lianne Kolirin, July 8, 2011

Raising money for charity does not have to be about climbing mountains or running marathons.

If you are not one for gruelling training and strict diets, you can still support a cause close to your heart, not to mention your stomach. Fund-raising dinner parties are all the rage, which is great news for a community big on eating and giving.


The woman who is putting the case for Israeli wines

By Katherine Martinelli, June 30, 2011

Until recently, Israeli wine was associated with overly sweet kosher varieties and received minimal respect in the sometimes snobby world of oenophiles (aka wine lovers).

But there has been a shift in recent years - the influential Robert Parker guides now include ratings for Israeli wines, the vintages win international competitions and a wider selection is available worldwide.


The return of blooms puts colour into your cooking

By Bernard Josephs, June 23, 2011

Chefs have been using petals and buds to enhance their kitchen creations for centuries. The Romans regularly munched on petals as part of their diet; the humble dandelion got a mention in the Old Testament as a bitter herb, and edible flowers were all the rage with upper-class Victorians.


Feeding the four million

By Victoria Prever, June 16, 2011

If you find entertaining for more than four stressful, imagine the pressure of cooking for four million. Deb Perelman does just that every month.

New Yorker Perelman's blog, Smitten Kitchen, in which she describes her culinary life, started out as a way of sharing recipes. "I had always been a collector of recipes - the web's full of them.


Why Annabel Karmel has come out of the kitchen

By Victoria Prever, June 10, 2011

For a woman who spends so much time around food in a professional capacity, surely the last thing Annabel Karmel wants to do when she gets home is cook.


The farmers' market foodies set out their stall

May 27, 2011

Israelis are no strangers to outdoor markets; every city has a shuk where a vast number of people do their daily shopping. Yet until recently farmers' markets were a foreign concept. Michal Ansky and Shir Halpern changed that three years ago when they started Israel's first farmers' market in Tel Aviv. Today there are six across the country plus a permanent indoor market, and more planned.


Shabbat aubergines? They were stuffed - and so was I

May 19, 2011

I can't cook. I've never peeled, chopped or baked. I did however once set fire to my microwave.

What better way then to make an idiot of myself in the name of journalism than to cook a vegetarian Friday night dinner for me and eight of my closest chums?

I set aside two days for cooking, panicking and swearing. Here is what happened.



Our cuisine celebrated, thanks to Mr Gefiltefest

By Victoria Prever, May 13, 2011

Michael Leventhal, organiser of the pleasingly named Gefiltefest, has a dry sense of humour. A recent email sent under his pseudonym, Michael Gefiltefest, disappeared into junk. "How inappropriate for a Jewish foodie to be spam," he replied.