NPR: Mourning the Matzo


I just did an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered on the closing of the Streit’s Matzo factory on the Lower East Side, after 90 years of business.

But as Lowman (sic) points out, the Lower East Side has changed many times before. And Streit’s isn’t going out of business. “We aren’t really losing this product, or this family, or this business,” she says. “It’s still very much a part of New York history and Jewish history in America.”

There’s a cute bit where I taste test two matzos and have to guess which one is Streit’s. Will I guess correctly? Listen here (or below) to find out!

Press: The Historic Gastronomist on Culinate

I appeared on earlier this month, in conversation with the marvelous Leah Koenig (who also selflessly volunteered at the Silver and Ash event.)  The Culinate Interview talks with people who are  “doing influential, important, or just plain unusual work in food.”  I’m in good company, snuggled between interviews with Mark Bittman and Frank Bruni.  Holy moly!

What does history taste like? For Sarah Lohman, a New York City resident and self-described “historic gastronomist,” that question is key to understanding the past.

With Culinate, Lohman talked about the importance of making history personal, her weeklong adventures with Jell-O, and which contemporary cookbooks she thinks will stand the test of time.

Read more here.