Drizzle of Honey: The Lives and Recipes of Spain's Secret Jews
- Author: David M. Gitlitz
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Published: January 1999
- ISBN-10: 0312198604
- ISBN-13: 9780312198602
- Format: Hardcover
- Copyright: 1999
- Subject: COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / Jewish & Kosher
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A comprehensive study of the culinary culture of Spanish converso Jews, who struggled for centuries to keep their forbidden identities alive, offers a recreation of Sephardic recipes that blend Christian and Islamic traditions, along with commentary on this unique culture.
The "secret Jews" are the Iberian Jews who were forcibly converted to Catholicism under the Spanish Inquisition but still maintained Jewish religious practices in the privacy of their homes. Since this was strictly forbidden, the courts devoted a lot of time to ferreting out the "secret Jews," using the testimony of neighbors, servants, and family members. The authors, specialists in Spanish history and culture, have written a meticulously researched scholarly work focusing on this aspect of the Inquisition, using a variety of primary sources but relying mostly on the testimony of those questioned and often sentenced to imprisonment or worse. From these sources, they have re-created dozens of medieval recipes. While their efforts to discover and preserve this aspect of Jewish heritage are laudable, perhaps the idea of a cookbook was misguided. A recipe headnote that concludes "Maria went to the stake on November 20, 1486" is unlikely to make many readers feel like making Maria Sanchez's Greens. For religious/cultural history collections and some specialized cookery collections. Copyright 1999 Library Journal Reviews
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