Improve Your Knish IQ
Taught by Laura Silver
Laura Silver is an award-winning journalist whose writing on food and culture has appeared in the New York Times and the Forward and on NPR. Laura teaches in the Food Studies Department at the New School for Public Engagement and has been a writer in residence at the Millay Colony, the Banff Centre, and the New York Public Library. She is considered the world’s leading expert on the knish.
Whether you're a graduate of Knish History 101 or neophyte in knishes, this course invites you to bolster your knowledge of the iconic stuffed dough that's synonymous with New York City. (First tip: Pronounce the "k.")
Food scholar Laura Silver returns with her hot-off-the-presses first book, Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food (Brandeis University Press) to help you pump up your personal knish quotient. The course kicks off with taste tests and a quick quiz and continues with an examination of great (and not so great) moments in knish history.
Forays into literature, linguistics and landscapes of Brooklyn and the Lower East Side will shape your new-found savvy in savory pies. You'll examine recurring debates in the knish-o-sphere (round v. square, sweet v. savory, traditional v. newfangled) and you'll leave the course conversant in all things knish, just in time for the global renaissance.
If you'd like to add on a copy of Laura's new book, Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food, please select that option from the drop down menu on the sign up page, and we'll have a copy waiting for you on May 12th! A ticket to class + a copy of the book is $34.