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Adeena Sussman on Learning Through Eating

What can we learn about religion, about culture — about life — from the world of food? Rabbi Ari Lamm speaks with the celebrity food writer and influencer.

Adeena Sussman in her Tel Aviv kitchen. (Courtesy of Dan Perez)
Adeena Sussman in her Tel Aviv kitchen. (Courtesy of Dan Perez)

We often think of religion as this thing you learn about through texts. Through studying in a seminary. Through quiet contemplation. But as far as the Bible is concerned, religion is so much more than that! It’s embodied, it’s traditional, it reaches every single nook and cranny of our lives. And it’s deeply sensory. It’s about sights, sounds… even smells and tastes!

So what can we learn about religion, about culture — about life — from the world of food? To unpack this, Rabbi Ari speaks with celebrity food writer and influencer Adeena Sussman, author (and co-author along with Chrissy Teigen, Candace Nelson, and others) of numerous NYT-bestselling cookbooks.

They talk about the revolution in Jewish and Israeli cuisine in the last decade; what you can uniquely learn about a culture through food; the insight cooking gives you into the immigrant experience; the role the Sabbath plays in shaping Jewish cuisine; what Adeena learned from sharing Jewish cuisine with Chrissy Teigen; where she’d eat in Israel if she only had one place to choose; and much more!

About Good Faith Effort: The Hebrew Bible is every bit America’s moral founding document as the Constitution is our political founding document. Every week, Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm speaks with thinkers, writers, artists, and faith leaders to explore how the Bible continues to inform our lives today, from politics to psychology to pop culture, bringing Americans of different traditions and persuasions closer together as so much else threatens to pull us apart.

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