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.

Listen to season one below and stay tuned for season two, coming soon!

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Season Two


Season 2 Trailer

The Kitchen Stories Season 2 arrives March 4, 2020. Here’s a taste of what you can look forward to with our new host, Liana Glass!


Season 2 Teaser

The Kitchen Stories Season 2 arrives March 4, 2020. Here’s a taste of what you can look forward to with our new host, Liana Glass!


Season One


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 Ten: The Chosen Food

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

October 12, 2017


Episode Eleven: 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


Episode Twelve: Food Security (Part 2)

Continuing on from our previous episode, we learn about work happening in food security through the lenses of plant genetics, dialogue, and race.

November 28, 2017


Episode Thirteen: Food Security (Part 3)

In this final episode of our series, we apply the ideas from the past two episodes on Food Security into practice by speaking with community members actively engaged in alternative movements that affect change in our local community. These voices come together to show Vancouver’s strength as a city where innovative food initiatives are born and excel.

January 31, 2018

The Kitchen Stories was 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 was 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 included the The Chosen Food Supper Club;  the four-part event series Nourishing Tradition, offered in collaboration with the Jewish Seniors Alliance; and the Britannia Sukkot Festival, offered in collaboration with the Grandview Woodland Food Connection.


The Kitchen Stories in the Press

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