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Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South
From the colonial era to the present, Marcie Cohen Ferris examines the expressive power of food throughout southern Jewish history. She demonstrates with delight and detail how southern Jews reinvented culinary traditions as they adapted to the customs, landscape, and racial codes of the American South. Richly illustrated, this culinary tour of the historic Jewish South is ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published September 3rd 2010 by University of North Carolina Press
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I picked this book up at the library because I was interested in the history of the Jews of the South, and I was certainly rewarded in that quest. The author pulls together the facts of how the Jews adjusted to living in South, attempted to fit in with the Gentile community, and adopted the customs of the people around them. Kosher law was abandoned by the early immigrants, who came mainly from Germany to the U.S. Jews even had slaves, and their cooks taught them about Southern cooking. The book ...more