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Icelandic Jewish cookies: A dessert with a fascinating story to tell


August 14, 2020

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You've heard of the wandering Jew, but have you heard of the wandering Jewish cookie?

As Jews move from country to country, they pick up recipes, spices and dishes along the way. Sometimes, even after a Jewish community is no more, their food remains, an echo of a world that once was. Such is the case of the "Jewish cookie" from Iceland.

Recently I learned of a cookbook, "The Culinary Saga of New Iceland, Recipes From the Shores of Lake Winnipeg," compiled by Kristin Olafson Jenkyns, a writer with forbearers from Iceland. Her book documents the history and culinary traditions of immigrants...

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