Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Lidia Bastianich Chef, Author, Owner of Felidia

Not About Food

The cultural origins of the foods we love


Not About Food 21

The cultural origins of the foods we love

chloe103 | Mar 29, 2007 02:26 PM

I just acquired the following, utterly charming bit of information (well, I think it's utterly charming, but I'm a total geek about things like this) -

Why do Jews traditionally eat gefilte fish on shabbat/holidays? Because according to religious law, you cannot separate the flesh of a fish from its bones during rest days - doing so counts as work, and thus is prohibited. Gefilte fish evolved as a way of allowing observant Jews to serve fish for their festive meals without violating this prohibition.

I am now fascinated by this sort of information. There are sociological, religious, etc. explanations for many, many kinds of dishes. Would you share your favourite story about how a traditional foodstuff, culinary practice, etc. developed??

Want to stay up to date with this post?