Monday, November 21, 2011

"'Seasonal fruits'"

"At midcentury [18th] a bailiff commented that the Jews in his district lived 'quite badly' and that 'a large number' ate no more each day than 'a piece of bread or some apples, pears and other seasonal fruits.'" - from (if not especially representative of the main arguments of) the brilliant book Obstinate Hebrews.

Seasonal! Vegetarian! Small portions! What my great-great-great-great-grandmother would have recognized as food, even if my own family came from a different stretch of Ashkenazville than the Alsatians in question.

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