About Leah Koenig

Leah Koenig is the Editor-in-Chief of The Jew and the Carrot: Hazon's Blog on Jews, Food, and Contemporary Life (www.jcarrot.org) She is also a freelance writer living in Brooklyn (as far as she knows, she's the only one.) She loves shopping at the farmers' market, braised greens, and a good, stinky cheese.

Shmita-vore

Shmita-vore
By October 9, 2007

Last night I attended an event called "Eating Local in Brooklyn," hosted by the uber-foodie non-profit, Slow Food NYC.  Despite a recent tongue-in-cheek article in New York Magazine and an op-ed in the NY Times that both hate on localvores, the … Read More

Gordon Ramsay: bagel maven?

Gordon Ramsay: bagel maven?
By September 27, 2007

New York Magazine's irreverant food blog, Grub Street, recently confirmed that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is a pompous bloke.  Grub Street reports:  "The Surly Scotchman actually presumed on national television to teach Larry King how to schmear a bagel."  [Full story here] Now as … Read More

Shake Up Sukkot With This Specialty Martini

By September 25, 2007

One etrog cocktail, coming right up! Read More

How Apple Juice Saved My Fast

How Apple Juice Saved My Fast
By September 21, 2007

I grew up in a household with a Christian dad and a liberally observant mom, so there wasn't much fasting going on in my house on Yom Kippur. Throughout my teenage years, I would go to synagogue and watch hungry, … Read More

Cheese: The glue that holds Jewish relationships together

Cheese:  The glue that holds Jewish relationships together
By September 17, 2007

Congratulations!  You’ve finally found your bashert.  You are so in love and a perfect match in every way – except that he’s shomer Shabbat and you can’t wake up without Saturday morning cartoons.  Or you don’t eat at non-kosher restaurants, … Read More

Sticky and Sweet for the New Year

Sticky and Sweet for the New Year
By September 11, 2007

When you picture the “land flowing with milk and honey” what do you see?  Chances are, like me, you envision a tall glass overflowing with whole-fat milk and a sticky, golden honey bear.  For years, scholars and Torah enthusiasts have bashed this idea, … Read More

Who made my cheese?

Who made my cheese?
By August 17, 2007

There's an abundance of tomatoes out there in farmer land – and there's no better way to eat them than paired with fresh basil and gooey mozzarella.   Almost all cheeses, including mozzarella, contain rennet – an enzyme that helps coagulate … Read More

Plastic + Water Bottle = Satan

Plastic + Water Bottle = Satan
By August 16, 2007

I remember learning as a preteen that Evian spelled backwards is NAIVE.  That day, I lost a part of my innocence and reverie with the goodness of the world.  Today, my favorite irreverant environmental magazine, Grist, quipped "Evian Is Just Evil Misspelled."  … Read More