Recently, while on vacation, I devoured Padma Lakshmi’s 2016 memoir, “Love, Loss, and What We Ate.” The book inspired some very ambitious menu planning, and it also got me thinking about a lot…about food, family, and the meaning of tradition. Lakshmi tells the story of planning her daughter’s annaprashan, or first food ceremony. In Hindu families, annaprashan (anna = grain; prashan = eating) is a big family get-together that marks a baby’s introduction to solid foods, usually held when he or she is between 6 and 12… >> Read More
Here at Kveller, we firmly believe in bagels — the more bagels, the better. Bagels for happy days, bagels for sad days; bagels for celebrations, for shivas, for everything.
So, naturally, we…are in support of you eating as many bagels as you want during pregnancy. But there's one type of bagel you may want to stay away from: the poppy seed bagel. The Washington Post reported a horrifying story today about one Maryland mom, Elizabeth Eden, who ate a poppy seed bagel on the same morning that she went… >> Read More
As a parent, there are basically three things I am constantly doing: buying new shoes, picking up toys from the floor, and looking for new dinner ideas that my kids will actually eat (something other…than mac & cheese or chicken fingers). My latest discovery: meatballs. It turns out my daughters love meatballs, especially when they are a little sweet. I've been making Jewish sweet and sour meatballs for them every few weeks, but I recently decided to get inspiration from one of their other favorite food groups: dumplings. These… >> Read More
As a modest, wig-wearing observant woman, I am not supposed to desire fame. “The glory of the King’s daughter is on the inside,” the biblical saying goes, but my heart disagreed. I wanted…visibility. Not the kind of glaring lights that surround Jojo Siwa, the 15-year-old YouTube diva with more than 6 million subscribers and her own line of accessories. What I craved was more subtle, sunshiny glow, like the kind of halo that envelops popular kosher foodie Jamie Geller (19,000 YouTube subscribers). Famous but friendly; accomplished but… >> Read More
Anthony Bourdain, the famous celebrity chef and writer, died last week after a long struggle with mental illness. There was an outpouring of support by friends, peers, and those whose lives Bourdain…impacted. One particularly touching tribute was from Barney Greengrass, the iconic Jewish deli on the Upper West Side New York. Bourdain was a breakfast regular at the old-school eatery, so in his honor, an empty table — the same one Bourdain sat in a 2002 episode of his Food Network show, "A Cook's Tour" — was… >> Read More