A Drizzle of Honey : The Lives and Recipes of Spain's Secret Jews

by David M. Gitlitz

Hardcover, 1999

Status

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Jewish -- GIT

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Jewish -- GIT

Publication

St. Martin's Press (1999), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 332 pages

Description

When Iberian Jews were converted to Catholicism under duress during the Inquisition, many struggled to retain their Jewish identity in private while projecting Christian conformity in the public sphere. To root out these heretics, the courts of the Inquisition published checklists of koshering practices and "grilled" the servants, neighbors, and even the children of those suspected of practicing their religion at home. From these testimonies and other primary sources, Gitlitz & Davidson have drawn a fascinating, award-winning picture of this precarious sense of Jewish identity and have re-created these recipes, which combine Christian & Islamic traditions in cooking lamb, beef, fish, eggplant, chickpeas, and greens and use seasonings such as saffron, mace, ginger, and cinnamon. The recipes, and the accompanying stories of the people who created them, promise to delight the adventurous palate and give insights into the foundations of modern Sephardic cuisine.… (more)

Physical description

332 p.; 9.59 inches

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