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Jews and Chinese Food

Jews and Chinese Food

From the grit of the Lower East Side to the cul-de-sacs of contemporary suburbia, Jews have had a special relationship with Chinese food,
a relationship deliciously explored in The Middlesteins, this year's
One Book | One Community selection.

Spertus Chef Laura FrankelOn October 17, 2013, Spertus Institute’s Chef Laura Frankel “woked” a happy audience through the history of Jews and Chinese food while they learned to make bao dumplings with pulled brisket, lo mein noodles with wok charred long beans, and more.

Download the main recipes for
Bao Dumplings, Chinese Long Beans, and more >

Download the bonus recipes for
Laura's Lychee Martini and Coconut-Tapioca Pudding >

Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 12 at 2 pm, when Chef Laura will be teaching about making challah at home!




This program was the kick-off to One Book | One Community, the Chicago Jewish Community's celebration of Jewish Book Month. Each year, a single book is selected as the focus of a series of activities and resources. This year's pick, Jami Attenberg's aclaimed The Middlesteins, was called "So readable, it's practically edible" by NPR's All Things Considered. See the sidebar at the right for One Book programs taking place all around the Chicago area.

The Middlesteins (which is on sale at the Spertus Shop and will be for sale at all One Book | One Community events) is currently available in hardcover, softcover, and e-book versions

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Spertus offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs—including films, speakers, seminars, and concerts—take place at the Institute's Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online. For more information, please visit spertus.edu.           

This program is made possible with support from the Bernard and Rochelle Zell Center for Holocaust Studies at Spertus Institute. Spertus Institute is a partner in serving the community, supported by the JUF/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Friday, October 18, 2013