About the Exhibit

Full of noshes and nakhes (pride), this exhibit is truly a labor of love. This exhibit began as a seemingly quotidian conversation between Jan and Avery. There was so much to say and so much to show that it seemed a deep misfortune that this material, and the Janice Bluestien Culinary Archive were not commonly known in the University or elsewhere outside of food studies programs. We hope to change that.

Thank you to our mothers who provided us with inspiration and love of (Jewish) food that has sustained and nourished us along this journey.

We are deeply indebted to the countless hours put in by the volunteers at the JBLCA as well as the staff of the Special Collections Library.

A special thank you to Cathy Baker and her team at Library Conservation for patiently helping us select, protect, scan, and present all of the items in the exhibit. We are also deeply indepted to Randal Stegmeyer at Digital Conversions for his indispensible assistance.

Meghan Musolff, thank you very much for being patient with us as we learned how to use the library's online exhibit space.

Thank you Martha Conway for encouraging the Special Collections Library to acquire the JBLCA and allowing us to start our relationship together with this exhibit. We hope that this is the start of a healthy and fruitful relationship.

Thank you to Kathleen Dow and her team for providing us space and guidance while we developed this exhibit.

This exhibit is the culmination of many years of work by countless committed and selfless individuals. Thank you.

Exhibit Events

Information on lectures and events related to this exhibit can be found on the U-M Library events calendar.  Recordings of events associated with this exhibit will be posted here as they become available.

Jan Longone's exhibit lecture from September 24, 2013 in the Hatcher Gallery (University of Michigan Library) is available through this link. The lecture can be simulcast with her slideshow.

Deborah Dash Moore (director of UM's Frankel Center for Judaic Studies) spoke on Reform Sisterhood cookbooks in her talk "Cooking Reform Judaism" and Avery Robinson spoke on "Luxion and Puddings: Kugel in America" on November 19, 2013. This lecture is available here. (Note: our apologies that some of Prof. Dash Moore's introduction was not recorded.)

Ted Merwin (Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies at Dickinson College) spoke on the history of deli in America in his talk "Where Harry Met Sally: the Jewish Deli in America" on November 20, 2013. To view this lecture, please follow this link

Food Festivals