Joel Haber addressing a crowd inside Yosi's Kitchen in Hartford, CT

Spring 2024 Updates

It has been some time since I’ve posted here, so I figured I should write this update post to both explain why, and tell you what is new around here. I’ve thankfully been very busy, and I hope that it will bring good things here and to you!

I recently completed my fourth lecture tour in the States. It was short, but really lovely. I spoke to between 150 and 200 people in four different cities: Hartford, New York, Baltimore, and Denver. (The picture above is from my program with the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, held at Yosi Kitchen.) I also had the chance to catch up with many friends, and conduct a few interviews.

Interviews? For what, you may be wondering…

I have just launched my first podcast, called “18 Jewish Foods.” I’m really excited about it, and the first three episodes went live this past week. New episodes will come out every two weeks, moving forward. But of course, that has taken me a good chunk of time to get started, hence the lack of blogging.

Since this is my first podcast, I am doing it in a fairly condensed and concise manner. This will be a closed-ended series of 20 episodes. Each episode is around 15-20 minutes in length, and includes a short interview. To learn more about it, the first episode explains more details. The podcast page in my main menu is still a work in progress. Hopefully it will be ready to go properly some time this week, and I will then start including each episode here as a blog post too, along with full episode notes for each.

“18 Jewish Foods” is available on all major podcasting platforms. You can search for it by name. But here is a list of links to most:

Apple Podcasts
Google Podcasts
iHeart Radio
Podcast Addict
RSS Feed

(If you listen to podcasts somewhere that 18 Jewish Foods is not yet listed, please let me know so I can add it!)

In general, I plan to still write on this blog, but probably will split my time between that and the podcast, with different styles and topics for each. I’d love to hear your feedback, both about the podcast itself, and about how I should split between the two media.

Beyond that, I also had the honor recently of teaching a short lesson about how to study and write about Jewish Food History for The Nosher. The website is running its first fellowship for food writers, and it was a pleasure to address the cohort and discuss the topic that is so close to my heart!

Finally, on the book front, I am nearing completion of the final chapter of my first draft. That will still be far from finished, as I will have much editing and rewriting to do, and I also am still seeking a publisher. But it will be a big step, once that is done.

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