THE YIDDISH BOOK CENTER'S
Wexler Oral History Project

A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

Crisco and Jewish Women: An American Company's Recipes for Traditional Yiddish Dishes

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  • Annette Epstein Jolles—Washington, DC native and social worker— discusses the English and Yiddish cookbook that Crisco, the company that produces vegetable shortening, sent to specifically Jewish women, and the nostalgic recipes her family made using recipes from it.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Annette Epstein Jolles.

This excerpt is in English.

Annette Epstein Jolles was born in Washington, D.C..

Other video highlights from this oral history

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.

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