Cooking Alla Giudia: The Food of the Jewish Communities in Italy

Falmouth Jewish Congregation invites everyone to a free, virtual “Jewish Book Council Author Talk” by Benedetta Jasmine Guetta about her book “Cooking alla Guidia” about the cooking and history of Italian Jews.

You can participate in the Zoom program and watch it on Falmouth Community Television, which will broadcast it live on FCTV Public Channel 13 in Falmouth and stream it live on its website. Those joining Zoom will have the opportunity to ask questions. Books are available from Eight Cousins ​​Bookstore in Falmouth and can be ordered in person, over the phone or online.

Cooking is just one aspect of the tradition and culture of Italian Jewish life that is less familiar than those in other countries. Come hear about the history and food of Italian Jews from Benedetta Jasime Guetta, an Italian food writer and photographer. Born in Milan, Ms. Guetta now lives in Santa Monica, California. In 2009, she co-founded the website Labna, the only Jewish kosher cooking blog in Italy, specializing in Italian and Jewish cuisine. Since then, she has been spreading the word about the wonders of Italian Jewish food in Italy and abroad, teaching the recipes of this rich cuisine to people in cooking schools, synagogues and community centers.

“Cooking alla Guidia” is a highly informative guide to this fascinating culinary story, as well as a book that may inspire you to add to your cooking repertoire. Did you know that from Roman deep-fried artichokes (carciofi alla giudia) to Venetian sarde in saor (sweet and sour sardines) and Sicilian caponata, some of Italy’s iconic dishes are of Jewish origin? Or does this Jewish presence in the land of modern Italy span more than 2,000 years? Jews, for example, taught the Italians to cook eggplant, make orecchiette, and flavor dishes with raisins and pine nuts.

With a collection of kosher recipes from all regions of Italy, including plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, author Benedetta Jasmine Guetta is on a mission to tell the story of how Jews changed Italian food to preserve these recipes and share with home cooks the extraordinary dishes prepared in the Jewish communities of Italy. Menus of regional Italian specialties are highlighted throughout the book along with recipes, along with short, helpful guides to Italian cities with Jewish history.

Ms. Guetta’s work has been featured in numerous news outlets in Italy and abroad, including the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Elle a Table, Saveur and Tablet. Although she has previously co-authored two cookbooks in Italian, Cooking all Guidia is her first cookbook in English.

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