14.10.2022 - online

TISH Festival: Online tour in English of the temporary exhibition, "What's Cooking? Jewish Culinary Culture"

Natalia Mętrak-Ruda, fot. M. Starowieyska

The transatlantic journey will be the main motif of our tour by Natalia Mętrak-Ruda, but apart from the historical contexts we will also discuss Woody Allen, "Sex and the City" and Meg Ryan's fake orgasm.

Pastrami sandwich, cream cheese & lox bagel, chicken soup that cures your cold – American-Jewish classics are rooted in Ashkenazi culinary culture. The path from Central Europe to the New World transformed them according to a different geographic context, which is such an essential trait of Jewish cuisine – although kosher rules and some rituals remain intact, the richness and variety of Jewish cuisine is the effect of constant movement.

Natalia Mętrak-Ruda – literary translator (English and Italian), cultural anthropologist, food writer. For many years she wrote about Polish cuisine in English for She writes a food history blog called Przeszłość od kuchni. In the fall of 2022 her book about the history of vegetarianism will be published by Wydawnictwo Poznańskie.

Logos of organizers, coorganizers, patrons and partners of What's Cooking online exhibition, f.e. POLIN Museum, Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, Jankilevitsch Foundation, Ministry of Culture and Cultural Heritage of Poland, and many more