At Jewish Food Society, we believe that family recipes tell the stories of how Jewish people live and love, how we celebrate and mourn; they carry with them the marrow of who we are as individuals, as families, and as a community. Jewish Food Society is dedicated to preserving and celebrating these recipes and the stories they tell in order to provide a deep connection to Jewish life and identity. We showcase the diversity of the Jewish experience and instill pride.
Founded in 2017, the heart of Jewish Food Society is an archive that houses hundreds of tested family recipes and the stories behind them. Read about Stella Hanan Cohen, a cook in Zimbabwe who faithfully maintains 500-year-old Sephardic recipes and Olga Sternberg, who found sustenance in recipes shared orally amongst prisoners in Auschwitz. Find recipes for a chicken and bamboo curry from the Indian-Baghdadi community, Ashkenazi chopped liver prepared with a mezzaluna, and red snapper albondigas from a Moroccan community that built a new life for themselves in Brazil.
Jewish Food Society brings the archive to life through pop-up dinners, cooking classes, and one of a kind programs like our flagship storytelling and tasting event Schmaltzy, where you hear the tales behind the recipes, then eat the food they make you crave.
In 2020, Jewish Food Society launched a podcast by the same name, Schmaltzy, sharing the best stories from the live events told by chefs, cookbook authors, writers, entrepreneurs, and passionate home cooks.