Star chef Alon Shaya helped a Holocaust survivor re-create recipes from his prewar youth
April 2, 2021
By Margaret Littman
(JTA) - Visiting Yad Vashem a decade ago, Alon Shaya got to see some of the Jerusalem Holocaust museum's culinary-related artifacts that aren't always on display to the public.
It was the James Beard Award-winning chef's introduction to the fact that concentration camp inmates distracted themselves by recalling and secretly writing recipes - on scraps of hidden paper and cloth - from their prewar lives.
"Food is such a big part of everything I do. It really moved me that people who were trapped, who were facing almost certain death, were helped by these memories of food....