Lara Rabinovitch, PhD (NYU 2012), is a specialist in food culture and history. She is working on a book about pastrami and 'Little Rumania' in early twentieth century New York City.
She is the Consulting Producer for "City of Gold," the Sundance/IFC documentary about the Pulitzer-prize winning food writer Jonathan Gold, in theaters now.
She teaches at the Skirball Cultural Center and until recently was the Food Editor for GOOD magazine (where, among other things, she went soul searching with Roy Choi and reported on the hummus diplomacy of Assaf Granit).
She has written about street food around the world for VICE and Lucky Peach, as well as dumplings, the only organic produce shop in South LA, Inglewood's pre-Rams eats, and other stories for the Los Angeles Times.
She interviewed Martha Stewart for Time Out New York, talked everything bagels with Chrissy Teigen and kibitzed about kasha with Mark Bittman for HEEB magazine, corrected the New York Times' Theodore Bikel obit, argued for the acceptance of Canadian seal-hunting in meatpaper, penned farmers' markets reports for KCET Los Angeles, and offered one of the first histories of Canada's last dairy restaurant for Edible Toronto.
In her first book, Choosing Yiddish: New Frontiers of Language and Culture (Wayne State Press, 2012), Rabinovitch co-edited 25 essays which cover topics such as Yiddish hip hop, a nineteenth century "Hasidic Slasher," Yiddish culture in Israel, Yiddish film melodrama, and historic Jewish newspapers in Buenos Aires, Paris, and New York.
Other academic works of hers explore Gypsy Jews in historic Lower Manhattan and Jewish community cookbooks in postwar America.
She co-founded and edited the McGill University journal CuiZine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures / Revue des cultures culinaires au canada. In 2009, the journal published her interview with Eiran Harris on Montreal smoked meat.
Her research on immigration to the United States also helped launch the award-winning human rights game, "America 2049," produced by Breakthrough TV.
Born in Strasbourg, France, and raised in Montreal and Toronto, Lara now lives in Los Angeles after having lived in New York for nearly a decade.
For Lara's latest, follow her @LaraEats
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