In this great and thought-provoking video, NY Times food writer Mark Bittman, talks about as the title suggests, “What’s Wrong with What We Eat.” The website, TED.com, is full of thought-provoking videos and talks. Bittman points out that we (humans) consume 10 billion animals a year. He doesn’t advocate for vegetarianism (relax, carnivores) but like Michael Pollan the author of the great “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” of being more thoughtful, critical and informed about how the food we eat arrives at our table.
When you have 20 minutes to pay attention – this is well worth it.
Click Here: Mark Bittman, “What’s Wrong with What We Eat”
Ofir just sent me a fascinating video about the heritage of Jews in Iraq, and as Ofir writes, “absolutely fascinating and very telling at the transition from Arab Jews to just Jews. Really a forced denial of a rich culture by Zionizm. If you change the last digit to 2 you will see the conclusion. I was crying.” I’ve linked to Part I of the video here.
I will upload Part II in the next post.
Until we get Doda Jannet’s recipe up here enjoy this quick video. The only difference is, we wouldn’t serve the kibbe with yogurt – but other than that, I think it’s pretty much right on.
Rachel explains that “mhasha” in Arabic means “stuffed.” In this video she explains how to make “stuffed things,” here she uses grape leaves but you could always sub in some cooked cabbage (drawing on our Polish side here! Martha Shem-Tov has a killer recipe for those). Bon Appetit.
Nana Rina, the Shem-Tov Matriarch, with 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren (so far!) was the first one to turn us all onto Iraqi food. We used to spend every Friday night at her and Baba’s apartment, eating Kuba Adom and playing “Go Fish” and Shesh Besth with her, and her clandestinely teaching us how to swear in Arabic. While Nana doesn’t cook for us anymore, it is surely her cooking and our cherished memories of those days that inspires us to keep eating the same dishes.
Here is a great video from Rachel, a cute Iraqi woman teaching us how to make Kuba Bamya.
Loving cute Moti!
Check out his website www.sooogood.org
With the very controversial visit of the bizarre Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday at Columbia University and yesterday at the United Nations, one wonders about the Jewish community in Iran. Here’s an interesting piece from youtube.com showing a sliver of rarely heard Jewish community. While this isn’t specifically about cooking, it is of interest to us.
Link to the video