Monday, July 13, 2020



Shakshuka: The Breakfast of Kings

The bright azure and gentle waves of the Mediterranean beckon from beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows but there is a more tempting challenge from where...

Ready, Set, Hummus (And How to Shop for Spices)

My students timed how long it took me to make this hummus (while explaining the procedure) and it was close to 3 1/2 minutes....

A Vegetarian Meal That Won’t Make You Miss Meat

The word on the street is that polenta must be stirred constantly while it cooks, similar to risotto. There are even automatic polenta stirrers...

Carnivore-Approved Vegan Barbecue for July Fourth

Every Fourth of July while the whole country is grilling hunks of meat, I’m reminded of my 15 years as a vegetarian when my...

Avoiding a Falafel Fiasco

I don’t know why it surprised me. I should have expected it when I wrote a story some months back headlined “Hummus Is the...

Thanksgiving: Vegan and vegetarian dishes

In some ways, I’m pretty traditional when it comes to my family’s Thanksgiving Day meal: I like to plan a lot of old-fashioned farmhouse food for the holiday.

Comparing animal rights and the Holocaust

On Oct. 2, Alex Hershaft, a Holocaust survivor and founder of the nonprofit Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), sat on the ground with some 100 other protesters in front of the Farmer John pig slaughterhouse in Vernon, Calif., blocking the entrance from two bi-level trucks carrying 200 pigs that had arrived to be slaughtered that day. In the next 24 hours, the pigs would be among 6,000 animals that would be stunned by electrical shock, hoisted up by their hind legs and their necks slit in the plant, which is the largest pig slaughterhouse on the West Coast.

How vegans do Passover

Holidays like Passover are a difficult time for Jewish vegans and animal activists, a time of mixed emotions. As much as we love and find relevance in the meaning of the holiday, it’s difficult to be confronted by a table full of the body parts of animals that we love and fight for daily. Some vegans forgo Passover entirely, and some who celebrate with their families feel pressured to defend their ethical choices, or pressured to eat things that conflict with their values. Some are no longer invited to their family’s tables at all.

Even after Agriprocessor scandal, inhumane methods still used in kosher slaughtering overseas

Agriprocessors’ 2008 kosher slaughter scandal provoked solemn vows of reform among producers of glatt kosher meat in the U.S. But despite some industry improvements, America’s leading kosher certification authority continues to authorize the sale of millions of pounds of glatt kosher beef slaughtered by means that animal welfare experts condemn as inhumane, a Forward investigation has found.

Hot pot dinner bonds two very different ‘believers’ in China

Hot pot meals are popular in China and a double problem for kosher vegetarians.

VIDEO: A Sacred Duty — A Jewish response to threats to our environment

A Major Documentary on Current Environmental Threats and How Jewish Teachings Can Be Applied in Responding to These Threats.

Follow your heart to a vegetarian Chanukah feast

In keeping with an annual tradition started 35 years ago, Canoga Park\'s Follow Your Heart\'s Jewish owners, Bob Goldberg and Paul Lewin, will hold their Chanukah Feast on Dec. 19, 4 p.m.- 9 p.m.

But Is It Kosher?

It surprised me that a company well-known for its concern for animal well-being and food safety would deem anything kosher treif, or unfit. Long before Whole Foods was even a glimmer in the eye of the Prius-tocracy, hadn\'t we Jews been telling ourselves and others that we were practicing humane slaughter and thoughtful animal husbandry -- embodied in the very laws of kashrut? What did Whole Foods know that I didn\'t?

A Letter

To: My vegetarian husband From: His guilt-ridden wife, who keeps falling off the vegetable cart


I thought I was reading an excerpt from an Al Jazeera broadcast when I read \"Two Families\' Dreams Were Not Demolished\" (June 24).\n\nThe chattering liberals in Brentwood, donating funds for Nasrallah\'s new home, have long ago made common cause with the Israel haters on the left. I expect little from them and more from The Jewish Journal.\n\nRachel Corrie\'s accidental death is a tragedy, but so are the deaths of the Jewish teenagers intentionally murdered by Arabs last month. She chose to be in harm\'s way. Not so the thousands of innocent Israelis murdered and maimed by intentional acts of violence by Arabs during the last four years.

You Are What You Eat

I am a vegetarian. I know there was a big controversy brewing over kosher meat, but I\'m not sure what the Jewish position on vegetarianism is. I suppose as long as the vegetables are pulled from the ground in a quick and humane manner, no one can object too strenuously to it. I know God created animals, but I can\'t imagine He\'d be offended if I didn\'t eat them. I\'d hate to think of God pouting in His room saying, between sobs, \"I worked so hard on that lamb and Nemetz doesn\'t even touch it!\"

Prez by Day, Punk by Night

Welcome to the world of Bram Presser, 26, the Melbourne, Australia-based lead singer of Yidcore, a Jewish punk rock group that specializes in Jewish and Hebrew songs.

Mother Knows Best

My mother is 85. But she doesn\'t look a day over 70. She takes no prescription drugs, no hormones; her memory is razor sharp.

Piscatorial Compassion

\"Fish is meat,\" announces Danny, my 9-year-old vegetarian son. \"Fish is fish,\" responds Larry, my 50-something pescetarian husband. Judaism backs up Larry, classifying fish as pareve, neither dairy nor meat, and telling us that fish first appeared almost 6,000 years ago, on the fifth day of creation, when God commanded, \"Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures\" (Genesis 1:20). God later elaborated, \"anything in water, whether in the seas or in the streams, that has fins and scales -- these you may eat\" (Leviticus 11:9).

Hot Dog!

Vegetarianism may be trendy and maybe even healthy, but when Jeff Rohatiner was looking for a product on which he could base a restaurant, he knew that most of us are carnivores at heart. So he figured there\'d be a market for the wares at Jeff\'s Gourmet Kosher Sausage Factory, opened in late 1998 in the heart of Pico-Robertson.

An Argument for Jewish Vegetarianism

Despite our modern obsession with nutrition and health, vegetarianism isn\'t anything new. It\'s been around, well, since Adam and Eve.

Up Front

I love cookbooks, but on lazy summer days, I usually read fiction -- few cookbooks are engaging enough to replace a good novel. And when I go into the kitchen at all, it\'s usually just to stand in front of the open freezer. But when I do find a cookbook that captures me, cooking with it is just a plus.

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