Feb 15, 2022 • 14M

A Treasure for My Daughter

On matzo ball soup and maternal love

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Feminist Food Journal
Audio stories from Feminist Food Journal, an online magazine dedicated to a feminist food future.
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Passover is upon us, and what better time to reflect on a Jewish mother's love for her children? Our MILK highlight of the week is editor Isabela's audio story, A Treasure for My Daughter, where she explores growth and sacrifice through the lens of her mom's non-kosher kitchen (and fluffy matzo balls). Dig in, eat on, and celebrate the eternal complexity that is food and family.

This podcast features writing and research by Isabela Vera; sound editing by Isabela Vera & Zoë Johnson, and original music by the Electric Muffin Research Kitchen. You can also listen to it on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.



Read the show transcript here.


For reference, here is my mom and I enjoying French delights on a trip to Paris that we took in March 2005, lieu of my having a bat mitzvah.

You can tell we’re North American by the fact there’s wine in only one of our glasses. So lame, Mom.
David & Goliath t-shirts were trendy in 2005. I desperately wanted the uber-popular “Boys are stupid; throw rocks at them” version, but my mom, who deemed even Sailor Moon too violent, took issue with that message. The shirt I got instead, which I’m wearing here, reads: “Rock is dead. Long live paper and scissors.”

Further readings

9780968856703: A Treasure for My Daughter
Batist, B. (1975). A Treasure for my Daughter: A Handbook for the Jewish Home. Hawthron Books, 14th ed.
Gilletz, N. (1968). Second Helpings, Please! Gourmania Inc, 11th ed.