Spare the chicken soup

Among Jewish Book Week highlights was a session on meatlessness between vegetarian authors Jonathan Safran Foer and Etgar Keret.

But while Safran Foer's two young sons are following daddy's diet, Keret junior remains to be convinced, according to Hephzibah Anderson.

"When asked by his four-year-old why he doesn't eat schnitzels," she blogged. "Etgar explained that he thought about the animal being killed and lost his appetite. 'I think the same thought,' his carnivorous son grinned, 'But with me it has the opposite effect.'

"'That,' quipped Jonathan, 'is the difference between American Jews and Israelis.'"

Meanwhile, what was the event's most widely admired item? I'm told the silver shoes worn by Simon "Mordecai" Schama at the Purimspiel.

    Last updated: 11:29am, March 4 2010