BREAKING BREAD ACROSS BORDERS + Recipes

By Joyce Goldstein A-Sham celebrates the food of the Levant (Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon) in a three-day event where Arab and Jewish chefs cook their traditional foods together, sharing family recipes and culture.   BREAKING BREAD, a new documentary by Beth Elise Hawk focuses on the annual A- Sham Arabic Food Festival in Haifa, […]

IT ALL STARTED WITH A HOT PLATE

By Joyce Goldstein Julia McWilliams had an idyllic childhood in Pasadena California, raised in a conservative family with conventional American food.  When World War two broke out she enlisted and went to work at the OSS hoping to become a spy but ending up as a clerk typist.  How did this start lead to being […]

Moveable Feasts

By Joyce Goldstein This is not an unbiased review of the new movie A Chef’s Voyage (now available on Virtual Cinema). I am an admirer of David Kinch and Manresa.  Over the years he and I have become friends, chefs with vastly different cooking styles and of different generations. (He is the same age as […]

“The New Mediterranean Jewish Table”

Recipes by Joyce Goldstein For thousands of years, the people of the Jewish Diaspora have carried their culinary traditions and kosher laws throughout the world. In the United States, this has resulted primarily in an Ashkenazi table of matzo ball soup and knishes, brisket and gefilte fish. But Joyce Goldstein is now expanding that menu […]

SFJFF Berkeley Big Night: THE STURGEON QUEENS

by Joyce Goldstein The Sturgeon Queens (2014) is a charming paean to the Russ & Daughters appetizer store on the Lower East Side of NYC, now celebrating its hundred-year anniversary. The story is told by many different voices: three generations of the Russ family; celebrity patrons of the store such as Calvin Trillin, Maggie Gyllenhal, Mario Batali […]