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


Episode Two: The Networks of Food


Episode Three: Faraway Foods (Part 1)


Episode Four: Faraway Foods (Part 2)


Episode Five: The Business of Food



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.