How far has kosher dining really come?

By Judy Jackson, August 21, 2008

The London kosher-restaurant scene has undergone a huge change. Take a trip along the Northern Line and you could stop off at 20 kosher restaurants. In place of traditional Ashkenazi food, you'll now find Persian, Israeli and American.

There is a flower shop selling pizzas and buffets groaning with curries and stir-fries. There's Mediterranean fish and pasta, a pub that does only chicken, steaks cooked on a griddle or served with foie gras - it all sounds good. There are over 100 kosher establishments in London. Boston, in the US, has just six. We should be grateful.


How the Holy Land got a pork habit

By Jeff Yoskowitz, August 14, 2008

‘White meat' is widely sold in Israel. We report on a controversial industry

Israel is known for its culinary diversity, but one item now being stocked in trendy Tel Aviv cafés is an indicator of how far secular Israel has separated from its religious traditions. A new culinary gourmet symbol of the country's cultural capital is prosciutto - the type of air cured ham associated with Parma in Italy.


Health tips of a doctor who beat cancer

By Jan Shure, August 14, 2008

After surviving a brain tumour, David Servan-Schreiber has written a best-selling book on staying cancer-free

David Servan-Schreiber has one regret about his best-selling book, Anticancer: A New Way of Life, a guide to reducing the risk of getting cancer through diet, exercise, and spiritual and mental factors.

He wishes that the spotlight had not fallen on broccoli.


Your top nutrition queries answered

By Joan Wides, August 7, 2008

Learn whether chicken soup gets rid of colds, why you should eat breakfast and how to get your omega-3


A taste-heavy guide to a low-fat Shabbat

By Ruth Joseph, July 31, 2008

Your Friday-night dinner does not need to be laden with calories


Diets are all well and good - during the week. Between Monday and Thursday most people manage to watch the calories, but come Friday night many forget all their good intentions. So is it possible to have your Shabbat strudel and eat it?


So does ‘Jewish’ cuisine really exist?

By Denise Phillips, July 24, 2008

Is ours simply a "fusion" cuisine? We examine whether religious laws and symbolism have united an eclectic culture

Food has always been important to the Jewish people - yet there is no real, clear definition of "Jewish food". It varies enormously from country to country and within communities, and is a function of kashrut, the Shabbat laws, holiday rituals and the local food and cooking customs of the many lands in which Jews have lived. It could be said that Jewish cookery is the world's first example of fusion cuisine.


The kosher guide to turning waste into taste

By Ruth Joseph, July 17, 2008

Gordon Brown says we bin too much food. It’s easy to avoid waste


How far has your challah travelled?

By Nathan Jeffay, July 10, 2008

It may seem local, but your Shabbat loaf may have come from Israel

No Friday-night meal is complete without an in-depth discussion about the quality of the challah. In fact, few things evoke such local pride in the Jewish community as baked goods.

But before you shower the baker round the corner with compliments, you may want to find out what, exactly, his or her role is.


How to go eco-kosher

By Ruth Joseph, July 4, 2008

Food writer Ruth Joseph explains how you can be kind to the planet as well as your guests when inviting them around for an ethical dinner

With green issues becoming ever more important in our lives, more of us are considering our surroundings, and the need to save the world’s resources and limit waste.


The new Friday fare

By Victoria Prever, June 27, 2008

British Jews are increasingly adapting traditional Friday-night recipes to suit modern times. So how do we do it — and what happens to roast chicken?

Traditionally, whether you are devoutly Orthodox, a practising Liberal, a little lapsed or even just plain traditional, Friday night is spent around the table with your family. It is the Jewish equivalent of Sunday lunch.

Surveys suggest that fewer than three in 10 UK families sit down to a meal together more than once a week. Even those meals are often eaten in front of the television.