Doc Chat Forty-Seven: What’s Cooking in the Yiddish Kitchen - Recipes for Immigrant Women

By Julie Golia, Associate Director, Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books and Charles J. Liebman Curator of Manuscripts
April 4, 2022
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

On March 10, 2022, Doc Chat cooked up another great episode on the rich history of Yiddish cookbooks. 

Cover of Crisco cookbook with text in both Yiddish and English

Crisco recipes for the Jewish housewife, 1933

Dorot Jewish Division; NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID: 4063241.

weekly series from NYPL's Center for Research in the Humanities, Doc Chat pairs an NYPL curator or specialist and a scholar to discuss evocative digitized items from the Library's collections and brainstorm innovative ways of teaching with them. In Episode Forty-Seven, NYPL’s Amanda Seigel and Performance Studies scholar Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett explored the world of Yiddish cookbooks published by food companies, featuring products like matzoh, peanut oil, baking powder, kasha, and Crisco.

Doc Chat Episode 47: What's Cooking in the Yiddish Kitchen - Recipes for Immigrant Women  from The New York Public Library on Vimeo.

A transcript of this episode is available here.

Below are some handy links to materials and sources suggested in the episode.

Episode Forty-Seven: Primary Sources

The Dorot Jewish Division is a remarkable resource for those studying the history of Jewish cookbooks. For a complete listing of the Division's holdings, see this Collection Guide developed by the late Roberta Saltzman.

For research ideas and support, use this Research Guide on the topic. 

Explore additional digitized Jewish cookbooks on NYPL's Digital Collections

Episode Forty-Seven: Readings and Resources

Ruth Abusch-Magder, "Cookbooks in the United States," Encyclopedia of Jewish Women.

American Foodways: The Jewish contribution, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee online exhibition.

Daniel E. Feinberg and Alice Crosetto, "Cookbooks: Preserving Jewish Tradition" Judaica Librarianship, Volume 16/17 (2011).

Joan Nathan, "Joan Nathan’s Guide to Essential Jewish Cookbooks,"

A Taste of Yidishkayt: An Annotated Guide to All Things Food-Related in the Center's Collections, Yiddish Book Center.

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