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Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America's Food Answers to a Higher Authority

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Kosher? That means the rabbi blessed it, right? Not exactly. In this captivating account of a Bible-based practice that has grown into a multibillions-dollar industry, journalist Sue Fishkoff travels throughout America and to Shanghai, China, to find out who eats kosher food, who produces it, who is responsible for its certification, and how this fascinating world continues to evolve. She explains why 86 percent of the 11.2 million Americans who regularly buy kosher food are not observant Jews—they are Muslims, Seventh-day Adventists, vegetarians, people with food allergies, and consumers who pay top dollar for food they believe “answers to a higher authority.”

Fishkoff interviews food manufacturers, rabbinic supervisors, and ritual slaughterers; meets with eco-kosher adherents who go beyond traditional requirements to produce organic chicken and pasture-raised beef; sips boutique kosher wine in Napa Valley; talks to shoppers at an upscale kosher supermarket in Brooklyn; and marches with unemployed workers at the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant. She talks to Reform Jews who are rediscovering the spiritual benefits of kashrut, and to Conservative and Orthodox Jews who are demanding that kosher food production adhere to ethical and environmental values. And she chronicles the corruption, price-fixing, and strong arm tactics of early-twentieth-century kosher meat production, against which contemporary kashrut standards pale by comparison.

A revelatory look at the current state of kosher in America, this book will appeal to anyone interested in food, religion, Jewish identity, or big business.

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In this captivating account of a Bible-based practice that has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry, Fishkoff travels throughout America and to Shanghai, China, to find out who eats kosher food, who produces it, who is responsible for its certification, and how this fascinating world continues to evolve.

Synopsis:

Kosher? That means the rabbi blessed it, right? Not exactly. In this captivating account of a Bible-based practice that has grown into a multibillions-dollar industry, journalist Sue Fishkoff travels throughout America and to Shanghai, China, to find out who eats kosher food, who produces it, who is responsible for its certification, and how this fascinating world continues to evolve. She explains why 86 percent of the 11.2 million Americans who regularly buy kosher food are not observant Jews they are Muslims, Seventh-day Adventists, vegetarians, people with food allergies, and consumers who pay top dollar for food they believe answers to a higher

About the Author

Sue Fishkoff is the author of The Rebbe’s Army. She is a national correspondent for the JTA news agency and lives in Oakland, California.

Table of Contents

It's a kosher, kosher world : kosher food conquers the U.S. market — Eating their way into heaven : the who, what, and why of keeping kosher — Big Brother is watching : the kosher certification agencies — On fire for kashrus : the life and times of a mashgiach — Pastrami on rye : the Jewish deli — Beyond Manischewitz : kosher wine aims high — Good-bye, Moisha's : supermarkets replace the corner store — Killing it softly : kosher meat-who makes it, who eats it — Please don't eat the broccoli : bug infestation takes salad off the table — Made in China : kosher food production goes global — A wedding in New Jersey : cholov yisroel to sushi, the new kosher diet — Got shrimp? Liberal Jews take another look at kashrut — Kosher law and its discontents : who decides what's kosher? — Postville : the scandal at agriprocessors changes the kosher conversation — Eating their way into heaven, part II : the new Jewish food movement.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805242881
Publisher:
Schocken Books
Subject:
Cooking : Regional & Ethnic - Jewish & Kosher
Author:
Sue Fishkoff
Author:
sips boutique kosher wine in Napa Valley
Author:
Fishkoff, Sue
Subject:
Regional & Ethnic - Jewish & Kosher
Subject:
Jewish & Kosher
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Jewish
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-CULTURE
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20101012
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
364

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"Synopsis" by , In this captivating account of a Bible-based practice that has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry, Fishkoff travels throughout America and to Shanghai, China, to find out who eats kosher food, who produces it, who is responsible for its certification, and how this fascinating world continues to evolve.
"Synopsis" by , Kosher? That means the rabbi blessed it, right? Not exactly. In this captivating account of a Bible-based practice that has grown into a multibillions-dollar industry, journalist Sue Fishkoff travels throughout America and to Shanghai, China, to find out who eats kosher food, who produces it, who is responsible for its certification, and how this fascinating world continues to evolve. She explains why 86 percent of the 11.2 million Americans who regularly buy kosher food are not observant Jews they are Muslims, Seventh-day Adventists, vegetarians, people with food allergies, and consumers who pay top dollar for food they believe answers to a higher
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