When Mrs. Stahl's 70-year-old Brighton Beach, Brooklyn knish shop disappeared without notice, Laura Silver sprang into action. The native New Yorker found the recipe resuscitated (more or less) in a pasta factory in New Jersey.
Then, on a trip to Poland in search of family roots, Silver discovered her people were from not only Bialystok, but Knysyzn. She took this as a sign to continue her quest for the holy dough (references to knish-like objects appear in the Talmud, really) in Brooklyn, Israel and Eastern Europe.
A Hunk-a Hunk-a Burning Love...
Part memoir, part knish history, and part world tour in search of modern traces of the knish, The Book of Knish explores identity, memory and a persistent hunger for belonging.
. . . and You
Knish veterans, knish enthusiasts and the knish curious can all play a vital role in this project. Your contribution will help Laura sit on her butt and get this project done. You'll help cover costs of research, writing time, translation and ongoing knish investigations in New York and points east, way east, i.e., Moldova is a modern-day hotbed of knish production.
Laura has written for The New York Times, National Public Radio and the anthology Jews of Brooklyn. She has worked at the United Nations, the Museum of Jewish Heritage and WNYC Radio and has been recognized by the Lilly Foundation, the National Press Foundation, and the Banff New Media Institute.
But she still needs more dough to keep the project going. No donation too small. Knish stories — and questions — always welcomed.
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