Natalie Portman, the baby and the vegan restaurant bill

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2012

For any new mother, taking their baby son to a restaurant is fraught with challenges, But actress Natalie Portman proved adept at dealing with a room full of disgruntled diners last week.

Her son Alef, who is nearly a year old, was apparently not as enamoured with the menu at a vegan deli in Los Angeles as his mother was, and refused to stop crying.


Journalist Giles Coren faces Press Complaints Commission over restaurant column

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

Journalist Giles Coren has been reported to the Press Complaints Commission by a Holocaust survivor who was offended by a column about a restaurant popular with Jewish pensioners.

Mr Coren’s colourful attack on the Oslo Court restaurant in St John’s Wood, north west London, featured in his Times column last month.


Falafel fun as fans unite for chickpea celebration day

By Josh Jackman, June 12, 2012

It's International Falafel Day! The day of the deep-fried chickpea balls is finally upon us. Falafels may have been enjoyed for hundreds of years, but this is the first time they have been allocated their very own place in the calendar.


Kosher chocolate chip change causes controversy

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2012

Jewish cooks across the US have been left distraught after a popular brand of chocolate chips was stripped of its "parev" label.

The Trader Joe's semisweet chocolate chips have long been a staple of the kosher kitchen, with people using them to whip up all manner of milk-free desserts.


Praise be for the chicken-free celebration of cheesecake

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2012

Jews, eh. We like to think that we're a tolerant bunch, but when it comes to behaviour that is deemed to veer from the norm, we can be surprisingly judgmental.


Gefiltefest Jewish food festival attracts 500 people

By Jessica Elgot, May 24, 2012

Challah baking, home-brewed kiddush wine and a controversial fish were part of an eclectic menu at the third Gefiltefest Jewish food festival, held on Sunday at Ivy House, Hampstead.


Why is cheese kosher?

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2012

Rabbi Harvey Beovski asks the important questions about food ahead of the annual Gefiltefest Jewish food festival at Ivy House.

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Co-op bans settlement produce in Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2012

One of Britain's largest supermarket chains is to boycott all companies which source produce from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The Co-operative movement, which has refused to stock products from the settlements since 2009, this week took the decision to extend its policy and will now bar engagement with any Israeli suppliers known to work with the settlements.


Gefilte fish gets a retro-chic makeover

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 4, 2012

In Brooklyn, three Jewishfoodies are
reviving old-world dishes for a new, environmentally-aware generation.

Liz Alpern, Jackie Lilinshtein and Jeffrey Yoskowitz, founders of the Gefilteria, are offering up traditional Ashkenazi foods with a twist.


Keeping check of the ups and downs in promotions

By Cathy Forman, March 22, 2012

Although Pesach is still a fortnight away, some of the best supermarket offers have ended. But other reductions are being introduced.

At Tesco, for example, Kedem kiddush wine is now being retailed for £4.50 - in line with specialist outlets - having been on offer for £3.

However, its Kedem grape juice, priced at £2 until around a week ago, has now been reduced to £1.34.