From the Editor

Food can be about power, politics & potent family connections.

It’s chilly out now, at least here in the northern hemisphere, and thoughts turn to warm things—human relations (even pet relations) and, for me at least, food. Aside from the very concrete pleasures of greenmarket shopping and festive meals, I’ve had intellectual pleasures with food this season too, triggered by my participation in a highly entertaining and illuminating conference on historical Jewish food in Washington, D.C., which Lilith co-sponsored—”Are We What We Eat? American Jewish Foodways, 1654-2004.”

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