“Rhapsody in Schmaltz” is a wonderful love letter to Yiddish food – and anytime anything ethnically Yiddish is involved, it’s always a fun look at the language, too.
Wex recounts all the tasty Yiddish food out there – and all the rest, too. From chicken soup to matzoh to bagels and everything else, we get the story of all the food, from its creation to its current manifestation.
The story of Yiddish food is also the story of the Jewish people around the world. Most of it is from the Ashenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, but the other Jewish ethnicities and their foods are brought in.
A lot of the food isn’t so much Jewish as Eastern European – German and Russian, mostly.
And it is all covered in schmaltz – chicken fat, which is the most Yiddish food of all.
This is a fun look at food, history and language. Worth it.
I received this book for review.