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Michael Wex book launch, Montreal, QC, Canada, 28 Aug 2016

Michael Wex will launch his new book, Rhapsody in Schmaltz

Sunday, Aug 28, 2pm
Jewish Public Library,
5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road,
Montreal, QC, Canada.

Admission: $10 for members and students, $15 for non-members.
For tickets and information call 514-345-6416 or visit www.jewishpubliclibrary.org.

A study of Ashkenazi food that does for Yiddish food what Wex’s book Born to Kvetch did for Yiddish speech, Rhapsody in Schmaltz traces the history and social impact of the cuisine that Yiddish-speaking Jews from Central and Eastern Europe brought to the U.S. and that their American descendants developed and refined. The book looks at how and where these dishes came to be, how they varied from region to region, the role they played in Jewish culture in Europe, and the role that they play in Jewish and more general American culture and foodways today. It traces the pathways of Jewish food from the Bible and Talmud, to Eastern Europe, to its popular landing pads in North America today. With an eye for detail and a healthy dose of humor, Michael Wex also examines how these impact modern culture, from temple to television.

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