We’re a mother-daughter team obsessed with exploring, creating and enjoying food. We share our kitchen tales from a distance (thank God) with you here.
♦ Mom (Esther) is a recent retiree of non-profit work and lives in Alabama where throwing dinner parties for 40 + people ain’t no thang. She is the mother of one daughter, four freezers and three refrigerators. Only a long shavasana or martini can calm her down after a fierce game of Mah Jong. Though her pantry and freezers are chock full of god-knows-what, crucially in-stock items include canned tomatoes, Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips (she has over 40 pounds in the laundry room freezer right now… seriously), EVOO, black beans and Jarlsberg cheese. Costco makes mom giddy. Mom loves olives.
◊ Daughter (Shaina) is a freelance multimedia journalism living in Jerusalem. She’s prone to existential crises every two weeks – it’s fine – and has spent 20% of her 20s washing, peeling, cooking or eating vegetables. Her pantry is always stocked with extra virgin coconut oil, tahini, raw almonds and Himalayan sea salt. Daughter likes to buy food at outdoor markets to test the bargaining skills she learned from mom. Daughter hates olives.
*Esther and Shaina are authors at the Jewish Food Experience. Shaina has produced radio, text and photography stories addressing identity and conflict transformation from Gaza City to Oakland. Her work has been featured on Public Radio International, HAND/EYE Magazine, Haaretz, Ethical Fashion Forum and Times of Israel.