The Shmooze: The Yiddish Book Center's podcast

Rediscovering The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook

In 1938, Fania Lewando, the chef and owner of a popular vegetarian restaurant in Vilna, Lithuania, published hundreds of her recipes—from traditional Jewish dishes to vegetarian versions of holiday staples—in a cookbook. Culinary anthropologist Eve Jochnowitz tells us how the book was rediscovered decades later and how she came to translate it from the original Yiddish, making its delicious contents available for the first time to English-speaking cooks.

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