The perfect Sunday nosh: A short history of the bagel
. In an age when allegedly edible breadstuffs that my grandmother would have barely recognized
have become ubiquitous
, did you know that even the Pharaohs had a yen for the iconic
Jewish comfort food that is as much a symbol of New York City
as baguettes are to Paris? Bagels turn out to be surprisingly easy to make at home
, too, though they won't be the same without a schmear
and some nice Nova
on Ask.) Extra credit: the history of everything
The SY Empire:
A rare and fascinating look inside the secretive Syrian Jewish
community of Brooklyn, which has drawn a bright line against assimilation called the Edict that casts out for life any "SY" who marries a gentile, even if they convert. (Crazy Eddie
-- who knew?
Seinfeld's mom -- who knew?
Isaac Misrahi -- who knew?
"J-Dubs" -- who knew?)