Synopses & Reviews
A Wandering Feast is a delightful book that welcomes the reader to a wonderful journey through the Jewish culture of Eastern Europe. Page after page, you will visit the still-vibrant Jewish world and discover Yiddish folkways, toe-tapping klezmer music, and heart-warming traditional food. Yale Strom and Elizabeth Schwartz have documented an amazing journeyorganized around visits to authentic cities and villages in Eastern Europewith a fascinating travelogue that includes inspiring stories, photographs, music, and recipes. A Wandering Feast reveals that a culture long feared to be gone forever is still very much alive.
"A Wandering Feast is rambunctious, festive, enlightening and . . . yes, tasty."
Ilan Stavans, author, On Borrowed Words: A Memoir of Language
"Captures, preserves, contectualizes, and celebrates life."
Annette Insdorf, author, Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust
"A vehicle for an evocation and examination of his personal odyssey, and ultimately of Jewish history and identity."
Eva Fogelman, author, Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust
"Strom proves himself a master storyteller and archivist of the lost Jewish worlds of post-Holocaust Europe."
Thane Rosenbaum, the author of The Golems of Gotham, Second Hand Smoke, and Elijah Visible
An original and uplifting view of a world lost, reborn, and rediscovered This is a delightful book that welcomes the reader to a wonderful journey through the Jewish culture of Eastern Europe: the still-vibrant villages and homes, the Yiddish folkways, the toe-tapping Klezmer music, and heart-warming traditional food. Yale Strom documented his journey--organized around fourteen specific visits to authentic villages in Eastern Europe--with a fascinating travelogue that includes inspiring stories, photographs, music that has never been printed, and recipes. He reveals that a culture long feared to be gone forever is still very much alive.
About the Author
Yale Strom is the internationally acclaimed author of The Book of Klezmer: The History, The Music, The Folklore from the Fourteenth Century to the Twenty-first, filmmaker, composer, photographer, violinist, and playwright who has won numerous awards and prizes for his films, which include The Last Klezmer.
Elizabeth Schwartz is an independent film producer and writer. She is also an acclaimed Yiddish vocalist, singing with the internationally renowned klezmer bands Hot Pstromi, Klazzj, and Mama Labushnik.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Yugoslavia.
Burek Sasirom Spinat (Yugoslavian Spinach and Cheese Pies).
Leek,Garlic, and Red Pepper Soup.
Prebanac (Baked Beans).
Yugoslavian Chopped Salad.
Hurmasice (Pound Cake in Syrup).
“Maestral Hora and Bulgar”.
“Waltz from Senta”.
“Khosn’s March” (Groom’s March).
Chapter Two: Hungary.
Galuska (Hungarian Dumplings).
Letcho (Vegetable Stew).
Lecso (Peppers and Eggs).
Hungarian Mushroom Soup.
Hungarian Cucumber Salad.
“Katarina Maladitse” (Young Katrina).
“Yismakh Moyshe” (Moses Rejoiced).
Chapter Three: Czechoslovakia.
Sweet Noodle Kugel with Raisins and Almonds.
Bramborove Knedliky (Potato Dumplings).
Kuba (Barley Dish).
Latkes (Potato Pancakes).
Chapter Four: Poland.
Kasha with Mushrooms and Onions.
Kapusta z Jablkamy (Polish Cabbage with Apples).
Polish Poppy Seed Cookies.
Zuppa Ogorkowa (Polish Sour Cucumber Soup).
Kutia (Poppy Seed and Walnut Spread).
Krupnik (Mushroom and Barley Soup).
Chapter Five: Soviet Union: Ukraine.
Galushke (Stuffed Cabbage).
Russian-Style Baked Mushrooms in Sour Cream.
Ukrainian Honey Cake.
Pokhlyobka (Vegetable Soup).
“On the Road to Salang”.
Chapter Six: Romania.
Sweet Noodle Kugel with Apples and Walnuts.
Palave (Pilaf ).
Mincare de Vinete cu Usturoi (Eggplant with Garlic).
“Baveynen Di Kale” (The Lamenting of the Bride).