About Elissa Altman

Elissa Altman is the author of the upcoming memoir, Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw, and Poor Man's Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking. Her work has appeared everywhere from Tin House and the New York Times to Saveur and O: The Oprah Magazine.

Matzo Meal and the Foundation of Ancient Egypt

Elissa Atlman finds brotherhood and understanding in, of all places, The Ten Commandments, while making matzo meal sponge cake for Passover.

New Year’s Revolution

New Year’s resolutions. We start with good intentions to eat healthy, then by February it’s duck fat and lardons and kasha varnishes.

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Readings: “The Taste of Security”

A writer recalls the challenges her father faced smuggling chicken fat and chopped liver—Jewish contraband—back home across the border.

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