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Italy has had a substantial Jewish community for centuries. Since cooking is sharing, the question is almost inevitable: have you ever wondered what are the effect of Jewish Cuisine on the Italian Cuisine and love for food?
Just try and imagine: where would Italians be without artichokes, eggplants and squash blossoms? These are but few examples of the surprisingly large and important influence of the Jewish Community on Italian Cuisine as we know it.
Since history and Italian Cuisine go hand in hand, let your knowledge of our incredible country be enriched while learning to prepare some of its most famous dishes..
The first Jews to set foot in Rome were in fact ambassadors sent to form an alliance against the Greek and Syrian armies in 161 BC. Then, in 70 AD Jewish refugees and slaves arrived in large numbers to the Roman Empire Capital and brought with them the beginnings of Christian doctrine.
In 16th century, under Pope Paul IV, the Jewish community was banished to the ghettos. But it is from their oppression that they created some of their culinary masterpieces.
HANDS ON JEWISH ITALIAN CUISINE
Ghettos had a limited space available, so frying was the most practical answer. With just one large flame, you could prepare delicious squash blossoms either stuffed with cheese, bread crumbs and anchovies or fried in butter.
Artichokes alla giudia (Jewish-style) are simple to prepare too, simply squashing a round Roman artichoke and deep frying it in boiling oil until it fans out into crispy deliciousness.
These fried creations could also be prepare in advance and enjoyed cold during the Sabbath.
HANDS ON THE COURSE
Our Weekly Course in Jewish Italian Cuisine focuses on getting down to the basics of the relation between Jewish Community and the Italian love for food. This means also that we use the freshest ingredients, prepared in brilliant simplicity producing stunning dishes. And the flavours suddenly jump in your mouth.
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn the aged old secrets, rose from the Roman ghettos in the 16th Century, that make Italian Cuisine what it is today.
Jewish Cuisine is not Kosher Cuisine. So, although the recipes are Jewish, the ingredients provided are not Kosher. The course intends to be historically and culturally informative but, please, note it is not a religious course.