Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America's Food Answers to a Higher Authority

Schocken Books  2010

Sue Fishkoff, author of The Rebbe’s Army, examines the state of kashrut in the United States today. Kosher food has never been more popular, but eighty-five percent of the 11.2 million people who buy it are not Jewish. They are Muslim, Seventh Day Adventist, vegetarian, or afflicted with food allergies. Fishkoff travels all over the United States and to Shanghai to learn about the production and consumption of kosher foods. She interviews food manufacturers, mashgichim, shochetim, winemakers, bakers, and patrons in upscale kosher supermarkets. She also examines the corruption and pricefixing in early 20th century kosher meat production and the recent scandal at the meatpacking plant in Iowa. A discussion with Orthodox and Conservative Jews involved in the eco-kosher movement illustrates the desire of many Jews for stronger ethical and environmental values in kosher certification. This is a book that will appeal to anyone interested in food, religion, Jewish values, and business.

Read Sue Fishkoff's Posts for the Visiting Scribe

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