Sephardi food is here to stay and it's mostly mouthwateringly good. But not as far as Buzzfeed, the social media news feed, is concerned. It force-fed some gentile 'guinea-pigs' with typical 'Ashkenazi' fare - with mixed results.
Anne Cohen and Sigal Samuel have set the record straight with this Forward piece to make the point : Jewish food is not necessarily Ashkenazi. But not all Ashkenazi food is gagging material, far from it. If lovingly made by your mother-in-law, it can be absolutely delicious.
"If your signature dish can be mistaken for cat food, you’ve got a problem.
Or that’s what Buzzfeed’s most recent experiment
would have you believe. They got “random people” (aka non-Jews) to try
classic Jewish foods for the first time and recorded their reactions.
The response to gefilte fish? Gag. To kugel? Gag. To matzo ball soup?
Yum! To chopped liver? “This is poop.”
"One problem: what Buzzfeed considers to be
traditional Jewish food is actually just Ashkenazi food. This is not
surprising: America has long made the mistake of thinking “Jewish” is
limited to Ashkenazi. From bagels to Woody Allen, Eastern European
"And so, as two Sephardic Jews raised on a very full
stomach, we humbly present these alternatives — they won’t make you gag.