Isn’t Rus­sian Food Just Like Jewish Deli Food? It Isn’t?

Forward Magazine - - Food -

You might think the food your an­ces­tors from the Rus­sian Em­pire ate is sim­i­lar to the food in a Jewish deli — chopped her­ring and liver, bagels with lox. There are sim­i­lar­i­ties, but athe food that has come to be known as Jewish food in Amer­ica is a fu­sion of Rus­sian and Amer­i­can. For in­stance, the Amer­i­can habit is to make sand­wiches out of ev­ery­thing. We don’t do that in Rus­sia. We eat smoked salmon and her­ring, but not in a sand­wich or on a bagel. We eat the fish with boiled pota­toes and raw onions on the side. And we eat pop­py­seed bagels, but we don’t put any­thing in­side them, not even cream cheese. (In fact, there is no cream cheese in Rus­sia.)

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