I read Sue Fishkoff’s Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America’s Food Answers to a Higher Authority.
Personally, the chapter “Got Shrimp?” was informative and resonant for me because it made me realize just how little I know of my traditionally Reform German Jewish heritage.
I know tons about Japan and Japanese stuff–representing my Japanese side. I also know not as much, but a fair bit, about my Lower East Side Orthodox Jewish side–which represents half of my Jewish side, and feel very connected to it. But, I realized reading this particular chapter, “Got Shrimp?,” that I hardly know anything about my traditionally Reform German-Jewish side–the other half of my Jewish side. This suddenly made me feel very weird. I feel like in some ways I have prioritized getting to know the Orthodox side and saw that as more authentic than the Reform side. Weird… While I have the chance, I want to read up a little more on the Reform movement and its history since this too, is my heritage.