In the kitchen, when culture matters
Each religious holiday has its own ritual that is expressed in customs and ceremonies.
The preparation of ethnic food enhances its culture and emits symbols, flavors, perfumes, and, of course, the memories that recall its pleasures. It creates permanent emotional responses, thanks to the creativity and individual taste of the chef, just as an artist does in his domain.
An ingredient always present in Hanukkah food is olive oil.
9 recipes have been selected: 8 for each day of the holiday, and one, the -cake-, an homage to the Shamash. In every home, grandma has a cake ready for her grandchildren on the holidays.
(Please note: when quantities are not indicated, use your judgement. Grandma’s recipes can be somewhat empirical, but very good).
The recipes “book” of Rosina Leblis Donati, born at Casale Monferrato in 1849.
Four hand-written pages, stitched together by a poor string, a paper cover heavily stained by time and use, casual scratches and traces of everyday work.
Here you can see how material tradition was transmitted in a typical Piedmontese Jewish middle-class home. “Jewish” (where everybody, men and women, had to learn how to read and write, in order to be part of the community) and “middle-class” (the social and political class that led Italy to unification and flourishing).
A legacy left by a housewife who, in an age when writing was still a privilege of a few, felt a need to leave a trace of herself.