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Cooking the Books: Julie Klausner & Emily Gould Make Kugel


Our brave host Emily Gould brings Julie Klausner into her home kitchen-very daring!-for a talk about boys, memoirs and how to make kugel. Julie's book: I Don't Care About Your Band. And: kugel! It's not just for Jews any more. Cooking the Books is directed by Valerie Temple and shot and edited by Andrew Gauthier.

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KarenUhOh (#19)

Kugel es muy WOW at our family dinners. Lay heavily thy hands upon le sucre bronze.

JulieKlausner (#1,143)

I think that was Raquel Welch's code name around the Rat Pack for a while.

djfreshie (#875)

But where's the Pimenton? I'm very dubious about the level of sweetness here. Oh my, there should be so much more salt in there. It's like there's 2 kinds of Jews out there – those that accept sweetness in their traditional foods (Chocolate chip bagels and such and such, which is SACRILEGE) and those who reject the sugar but welcome the salt. Maybe it's a Sephard thing. Sugar's for dessert, keep it outta mah Kugel!

Art Yucko (#1,321)

One of the funniest Book-Cookings yet. The Cossack/Shtetl stuff!- Well played, girls. LOL'ed such that I nearly doffed my Spanish Inquisitor's hood.

alannaofdoom (#4,512)

Me too! Well, except for the hood – that's at the dry cleaner's today.

Julie – loved your book! More please!

JulieKlausner (#1,143)

Thanks Yucko and alanna!!!!

atlasfugged (#4,481)

She put pineapple in her kugel?! My Jewish grandmother, who had a penchant for making sugary kugels for her goy grandkids, would have gone after Emily and Klausner with a cleaver if they ever tried that in her kitchen. Apples and raisins, yes. Pineapples, fuck no.

atlasfugged (#4,481)

Imagine a </i> after the first "pineapple".

djfreshie (#875)

Apples and Raisins ew, but obviously these are sort of acceptable Jewy things that whether I like it or not, exist.

But yeah, Pineapple…I mean, so wrong. Vanilla? Kugel has always been an accompaniment for Brisket/Chicken/Turkey. It's not a cake, it's a casserole. I'm all for messing with flavours of things, and maybe like…a hint of fruit or a hint of vanilla might not be so harsh. But to completely sweetify something that I put on par with Stuffing or Mashed potato or whatever, as a starchy side…it just rubs me wrong.

djfreshie (#875)

Subjective though flavouring may be. I do feel like this recipe (not the video, just the recipe) would make a lot of bubbies upset. And I'm all for not upsetting the bubbies.

sox (#652)

Really? My kugel is always with pineapple. I am a half-jew though, so.

iplaudius (#1,066)

Jewish cooking always evolves depending on where the Jewish community happens to be.

Pineapple in kugel is a fitting expression of Ashkenazi culture in the New World.

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

Pineapple in a kugel?!? Just give Helen Thomas more fuel why don't you!

djfreshie (#875)

I dunno about that. If you live in Hawaii I can see this having some relation to Eastern Europe blending with the Americas. But Pineapple is a tropical fruit there, not something that I would connect immediately to the New World. I'm also the type that rejects Hawaiian pizza big time. I won't touch a slice that has once touched a pineapple. I find it revolting. So obviously the conclusion to be drawn there is that I hate pineapple. NOT SO! Possibly one of my favourite fruits.

I dunno, my Bubby didn't recoil in horror when I added carrots and sweet potato to her Veranekahs recipe. Adding those items seemed like a natural alteration. I can't sit here and act like every has to adhere to the rules of the bubbies. But I can also imagine that were I ever to add pineapple to her Kugel, she would come at me with a breadknife.

djfreshie (#875)

Oh, New world may include Oceania I suppose. Well why not Kiwi then?

iplaudius (#1,066)

People who are mulling over my defense of the pineapple, keep in mind that potatoes were unknown to Europe Jews before the New World exploration. In other words, even things like potato kugel and latkes, which seem as old as the hills, aren’t necessarily very ancient or inviolable.

JulieKlausner (#1,143)

There are sweet and savory kugelz! Diff'rent strokes.

JulieKlausner (#1,143)

I think the canned pineapple has to do with the 50's, and being smitten with the New World and its conveniences. Also, I am not an historian, I just wanted to use the term "an historian" because it's hilarious.

mathnet (#27)

Julie, I like you.

JulieKlausner (#1,143)

Thanks! You were my least fave part of Square One but I'm over it now :)

sox (#652)

Damnit I can't watch this until I get home from work, but I just tried to date someone in a band for the first time ever and this post is reminding me that I never got around to ordering that fabulous seeming book of hers! I believe I will read the namesake story first, obvs.

JulieKlausner (#1,143)

Can I believe you're really Patty Hearst? Because I want to believe that, so thank you if I can.

Julie, you're adorable, but I want to see you in some silvery green shadow, not purple-brown. That tiny change is going to make those dark eyes of yours create helplessness in all men.

And your book is on my to-read pile and I bet it is a good one. Bless.

JulieKlausner (#1,143)

Hmm, interesting. I will try it! Thank you, BookishLookish/Secret Revlon rep!

hman (#53)

I can't stand cottage cheese, but I guess it's a standard ingredient and I've eaten it the few times I've had kugel without knowing it? Sneaky Jews.

JulieKlausner (#1,143)

More for us!!

hman (#53)

Oh, don't worry. I'll still eat it!

6h057 (#1,914)

This has been my favorite Cooking the Books 'SPECIALLY WHEN THEY START TALKING OVER EACH OTHER AND IT'S LIKE A REAL KITCHEN AND OH MY GOD I COULD GO FOR SOME BREAKFAST KUGEL RIGHT NOW

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