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An Evening with Leah Koenig and Pati Jinich for PORTICO

An Evening with Leah Koenig and Pati Jinich for PORTICO

    October 11, 2023 @ 06:00pm

    Join us for an Evening of Conversation with Leah Koenig and Pati Jinich to Celebrate PORTICO: COOKING AND FEASTING IN ROME'S JEWISH KITCHEN!

    In PORTICO, author Leah Koenig celebrates La Cucina Ebraica Romana, one of Europe’s oldest Jewish communities, with more than 100 simple, deeply flavorful, vegetable-forward recipes. Existing for more than 2,000 uninterrupted years, Rome’s Jewish community has been shaped by hardship and determination to become a resilient, deeply knit entity, with a uniquely beguiling cuisine.

    Leah Koenig’s recipes showcase the Roman Jewish kitchen’s elegantly understated vegetables, saucy braised meats and stews, rustic pastas, resplendent olive oil–fried foods, and never-too-sweet desserts. Home cooks can explore classics of the Roman Jewish repertoire with Stracotto di Manzo (a wine-braised beef stew), Pizza Ebraica (fruit-and-nut-studded bar cookies), and, of course, Carciofi alla Giudia, the quintessential Jewish-style fried artichokes.

    Every recipe is masterfully tailored to the home cook, while maintaining the flavor and integrity of tradition. A cookbook for anyone who wants to dive more deeply into Jewish foodways, or gain new insight into Rome, Portico features the makers and creators who are keeping Roman Jewish food alive today, transporting us to the bustling streets of the Eternal City while also making us feel—as we cook and eat—very much at home.


    Leah Koenig is the author of six cookbooks, including The Jewish Cookbook and Modern Jewish Cooking. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Food & Wine, Epicurious, Food52, and more.


    Pati is host of the 3x James Beard Award-winning PBS television series “Pati’s Mexican Table” and the PBS primetime docuseries “La Frontera.” She is resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., and a cookbook author who has cooked at the White House for President Obama’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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