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The Great Gefilte Fish Debate (plus a recipe)

I will be honest here. The only gefilte fish debates I ever knew usually revolved around why would you want to eat that in the first place, how long might one survive if he/she fell into a vat of gefilte fish jelly and is it really from the Dead Sea (the acceptable answers are: only with a ton of horseradish, 2 minutes and no, but it should be).

Yet apparently there is an incredible historical debate about just how gefilte fish should be prepared and a line on the map was drawn - which coincided neatly with another previously unknown (by me) line regarding Yiddish dialects.



For more on this incredible story plus a recipe from a boutique gefilte fish store (yes, I'm in shock as well about its very existence), click here: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/09/24/351185646/the-gefilte-fish-line-a-sweet-and-salty-history-of-jewish-identity

To go on a tour of incredible Jewish foods around the world that have nothing to do - I repeat nothing to do - with gefilte fish, consider checking out my Israel culinary tour with your resident foodie and tour guide of Israel: https://www.tourguideofisrael.com/culinary-tours


Meanwhile, all of this is giving me incredible flashbacks to the movie The Carp in the Bathtub (based off of a children's book about making gefilte fish), which I have somehow conflated with Psycho. You know the grandma heading upstairs holding a rolling pin, pulls back the shower curtain, and there in a frightened state is - the carp in the bathtub. Not sure how I got the two combined in my head but hey, thanks Hebrew school!



And of course, it gives me a reason to put this fantastic clip with Chris Tucker...


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