Via Beck Harlan/NPR
Via Beck Harlan/NPR


On Joan Nathan’s newest cookbook…

With a taste of just a single dish from a Jewish family’s table at Passover, Joan Nathan can tell a global story.

The Jewish cooking legend, who has nearly a dozen books to her name, has documented the worldwide reach of Jewish food for her latest, King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World.

“I can track people by what their haroset is,” Nathan says.

Haroset, a Passover staple, is a rough paste usually made of chopped fruits and nuts. It’s meant to symbolize the mortar Hebrew slaves used for building before the exodus from Egypt. The basic recipe has assumed different forms depending on local traditions and ingredients, evolving as it traveled from one continent to another over the centuries.

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