A Bite in the Apple: NY’s Top Jewish Foodie Social Media Stars
Who to Follow and Where
Who to Follow and Where
When my kids were small, and I wanted to cook something new, I would reach for one of my many cookbooks in search of a dish to satisfy my craving. Today, odds are good that I will open my laptop instead. You can trust on-line food blogs to keep you current on new trends in the ever-evolving food world.
There are a number of excellent food bloggers in the New York area who keep me fresh while also respecting the laws of kosher eating. Go online and see what you think. If you like their style, you can follow them, too.
Chanie Apfelbaum, Busy in Brooklyn, is based in – you guessed it – Brooklyn. And yes, she is busy. She has five young children, she has a couple of cookbooks under her belt, gives cooking demonstrations all around the city and has a collection of hundreds of recipes on her site. She classifies her recipes in a number of ways: by type of dish (appetizers or brunch food); by holiday -- Tu B’shvat truffles and pickled deviled eggs for Purim. She even has low and/or no carb recipes like spaghetti squash bolognese and zoodle shakshuka. Follow her on Instagram (@busyinbrooklyn), along with 69,700 other devotees.Ferrero Rawcher Bites via busyinbrooklyn.com
If you are looking for a homegrown vibe with an emphasis on produce that is both local and lush, then Connecticut-based Liz Reuven’s site, Kosher Like Me, is for you. She keeps her followers up on food events like local challah classes. Follow her on Instagram (@kosherlikeme) or sign up to receive her newsletter in which she shares recipes, gift ideas, even tips on shopping in Israeli’s shuks. You might find a recipe for minestrone made with locally sourced leafy greens or vegan portobello mushroom bacon to use at Passover time.Luscious meatballs nestled in creamy tahini, Photo by Liz Rueven
Naama Shefi makes the old new with her food organization and archive. The mission of The Jewish Food Society, which Shefi founded, is to preserve, celebrate, and revitalize Jewish culinary heritage. The Society holds events in which cooks and storytellers share the tale of the food their family prepared for different holidays. In addition, you can access Jewish dishes from around the world at JFS’s food archive. Find a recipe for Lithuanian gefilte fish, Egyptian short rib and okra stew, or Libyan shakshuka. All recipes are kosher-friendly and each comes with a back story from the family that shared the dish with the archive.Cheese Sambusak via jewishfoodsociety.com, photo by Dor Malka
Old, new, local or food from far away – you will find anything and everything connected to Jewish food at The Nosher.
Find recipes for chicken soup with matzoh balls and newer takes on the classic – chicken soup you make in your oven, chicken soup made with Yemenite spices. The site delves into all aspects of Jewish food and the role it plays in Jewish life. The Nosher shares its Jewish food wisdom via Instagram, a twice-weekly newsletter and via guides to Jewish foods in different cities. You can find all manner of hamantashen recipes on one day followed by an introduction to the Middle Eastern spice sumac on another. And if you didn’t know that tahini milkshakes are a thing, you will now. The site also posts videos periodically to guide you in how to make a particular dish like the basics of challah braiding.Butternut Squash and Sage Challah via The Nosher
Vicki Cohen and Ruth Fox, two Jewish sisters from Spain with family roots in Lebanon, founded the vegetarian and vegan food site May I Have This Recipe. When I scrolled through their Passover recipes, I decided that I needed to live in their house over the holiday. Candied pecans; pear and blueberry crisp made with shredded coconut, almond flour, and chia seeds; zucchini and egg frittata coated in a layer of cheddar and feta cheeses; roasted cauliflower, beet, and garlic dip spiked with white horseradish. Colorful, healthy, and kosher, I want in! Follow them on Instagram (@mayihavethatrecipe)
Rebekah Lowin of Made By Rebekah is a Jewish lifestyle blogger who shares tips on party planning and holiday décor with some recipes sprinkled in. Want to make a black challah for Challah-ween? Rebekah has the recipe to get you there. She also shares tips on setting a beautiful Shabbat table complete with candles and candlesticks to buy, the perfect bread board, a dominos set to have on hand to play on Shabbat afternoon, and a modern, geometric-shaped Havdalah set to end the day of rest. She shares all manner of design ideas on her Instagram (@madebyrebekah)New York City-style pink & white cookies via madebyrebekah.com
New York-based culinary influencer Stephanie Nass can bring art into your home, your table, and your kitchen. Her site, Chefanie, has recipes (truffle arugula pesto anyone?), an on-line shop for table decorations like Yiddish embroidered cocktail napkins or ceramic straws , even hosting techniques (how to set an elegant table when you are bringing in take-out). If you need to shop ahead of the Coronavirus outbreak, head to her site, she will guide you. Nass studied art history at Columbia University so she came by her art know-how locally. She will even illustrate your dinner menu for you. She also created “Chefanie Sheets,” edible, vegan, gluten-free, shelf-stable sheets that you can wrap around a cake as decoration. If all this creativity exhausts you, sit down and contact her. She offers full-service catering in the New York area, too.Carrot Soup via chefanie.com
Eden Grinshpan is a Brooklyn-based television personality, chef, and food blogger with 111,000 instagram followers (@EDENEATS). On her site, Eden Eats, you can find local restaurant recommendations, how-to cooking videos, even baby friendly recipes. If I make her food, will I be as beautiful and as cool as she is? One can hope.Shawarma spiced burger, yogurt tahini, eggplant & radish, parsley salad via edeneats.com
While Deb Perelman’s blog, Smitten Kitchen is not a Jewish site, Perelman is Jewish and she does post many recipes for Jewish foods appropriate for Jewish holidays. Her writing is so evocative, her photographs so yummy and her promises of how easy it really is to make the recipe at hand are so convincing that you end up cooking even if you had no plans to do so. Plus, like a real New Yorker, her kitchen is small, but she still manages to create one delicious dish after the next. And, if she can do it, why can’t I? While you won’t find a chopped liver recipe on her site, you will find one for wild mushroom pate which…might be just as good?
If you are sick of cooking and want someone to make food for you, turn to the Yeah That’s Kosher. They will direct you to all the news the kosher consumer and traveler need to find eateries new and old. Search for kosher eateries by country or city.