Mothers of Nutrition – A Deep Look into The First Hebrew Cookbooks with Erela Taharlev Ben Shahar and Ronit Vered

  • Discussion
  • 21 December, 18:00 — 19:00
  • Asif's Library
  • 15 NIS
Pages from a vintage Hebrew-langauge cookbook

“Between the Books” is a series of short early evening discussions taking place at the Asif library.

A rare edition of the two-volume “Sefer Bishul” (“cookbook”), published by Wizo’s training department, is now back at the library after a cover repair.

Who were the women behind the first Hebrew-language cookbooks of the 20th century? When were hummus, falafel and tahini first included, if at all? And how was the emerging science of nutrition used for various political and social purposes? Journalist and food researcher Ronit Vered hosts Erela Tahalev Ben Shahar, a nutrition historian researching the history of food in Israel and its relationship with society, politics and gender. Join us for a short and refreshing after-work discussion.

About the guests

Ronit Vered

Food Journalist

Ronit Vered is a food and culture researcher, journalist, and author of food and travel books. Her weekly column “Pinat Ochel” in Haaretz has documented local food traditions since 2007. She is a frequent lecturer both in Israel and abroad on cuisine and identity, food and politics, and the growth of Israeli and Palestinian cuisines. She also serves a curator, building artistic and culinary programs for cultural institutions like Asif, Tel Aviv University, the Jerusalem Cinematheque, and others.

Dr. Erela Taharlev Ben Shachar

Historian, Lecturer & Writer

Dr. Erela Taharlev Ben Shachar explores the history of diet in Israel and its relationship to society, politics, and gender. In addition, she lectures in the biological thought program at the Open University, and writes in Menta magazine and on the Ynet website about nutrition, health, and society.

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