The Kitchen Stories

“The flavours that connect you to your past are often the ingredients that make you who you are.”

 

When we talk about food, we often end up talking about so much more. Family traditions, patterns of migration, gender dynamics, our relationship to the land. More than just a source of nourishment, food is a means of communication.

In The Kitchen Stories podcast series, we hear what it was like to be a Jewish family living in far-flung places including Eritrea, Chile, and India. We hear about the pressures to fit in or stand out, and how food was often a means of doing both. We hear about the difficulty of maintaining family culinary traditions after migrating to a new country.

We hear from community members developing new traditions or reviving long forgotten ones. A Jew by choice who is learning to cook Jewish cuisine while not wanting to forget her own family’s food traditions. Families adopting new traditions to strengthen their relationship to the land.

Over this twelve-episode series, we’ll approach food from many different angles. We hope you’ll join us on this exciting journey.

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Episode One: Food & Memory

Exploring the links between food, community, and heritage with the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC.

March 24, 2017

 

Episode Two: The Networks of Food

This week we learn about the ways agriculture informs Jewish tradition, and much more.

April 9, 2017

 

Episode Three: Faraway Foods (Part 1)

On today’s episode we hear of Jewish life and culinary traditions brought to Vancouver from Bangalore and Shanghai.

April 21, 2017

 

Episode Four: Faraway Foods (Part 2)

Today we continue our tour of global Jewish culinary traditions with stories from three African expats.

May 5, 2017

 

Episode Five: The Business of Food

The flavours that connect you to your past are often the ingredients that make you who you are.

May 19, 2017

 

Episode Six: Fresh Roots

Three young people employ food as a means of determining and expressing who they are.

June 2, 2017

 

Episode Seven: Food and Gender; A Spaghetti Junction

What is the relationship between food and gender? What are the expectations, the assumptions, the defiances? How have these changed over time?

June 23, 2017

 

Episode Eight: The Summer Special

A small taste of the many topics we’re working on for future episodes.

July 24, 2017

 

Episode Nine: A Love Letter to Vancouver

We asked some of our guests what they miss about where they’ve come from and what they love about the place they’ve come to call home.

September 25, 2017

 

Episode 10: The Chosen Food

Sit in on an evening of our supper club series, The Chosen Food.

October 12, 2017

 

Episode 11: Food Security (Part 1)

How has the Jewish community organized around the issue of food security? What do Jewish ethics teach us about hunger and justice? We begin to unpack these questions in this, the first of a three-part series.

November 12, 2017

The Kitchen Stories is part of the JMABC 2017 public programming series Feeding Community, celebrating the important role of food in maintaining Jewish tradition and history through generations of BC Jews. Feeding Community is made possible through the support of Instafund, The Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, the Jewish Community Foundation, and the Governments of Canada, British Columbia, and the City of Vancovuer. Other components of Feeding Community include the The Chosen Food Supper Club, and the four-part event series Nourishing Tradition, offered in collaboration with the Jewish Seniors Alliance.

 

The Kitchen Stories in the Press

Sense of Place with Minelle Mahtani
Roundhouse Radio
July 4, 2017