On Saturday, September 19th at 10:30 am. in the Auditorium of the the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Boulevard (near Petco Park) I will be the featured speaker for the Culinary Historians of San Diego discussing the material from my cookbook, Kosher Fusion: The Rebirth of a Tradition for the Modern Kitchen.
In many ways, kosher food is the original fusion cuisine. Forced to adapt the application of their dietary laws to the foodstuffs available in these strange new lands in which they landed during the diaspora, the Jewish people engaged in a remarkably fertile exchange of culinary ideas with their hosts. What evolved in each case was a vibrant and new cuisine differing significantly from that which had gone before. Looking to the flavors of various Asian, Latin and Middle Eastern cultures – as well as contemporary technology and approaches – for inspiration, Gardiner’s book seeks to revitalize this time-honored tradition by applying these to the Jewish dietary laws.
As readers of this blog know, in addition to writing weekly for San Diego CityBeat, I am the monthly for L’Chaim San Diego Magazine, writing a column called “Badass Kosher.” The discussion of the kosher fusion process, will be followed by the opportunity to taste a vegan variation on the dish featured in my last “Badass Kosher” column.