But the granddaughter of a deli owner says theres no need to feel guilty for eating the stuff.
Marla Brooks, whose grandparents ran Slobodys Delicatessen in Philadelphia, says traditional Jewish foods may be chock full of fat and cholesterol, but theyre still good for you.
For instance, matzo ball soup, a.k.a., Jewish penicillin often makes sick folks feel better and buttermilk soup can act like an internal air-conditioner to cool off the body on a hot day.
Brooks says Jewish comfort food also benefits mental health by creating warm and fuzzy feelings when youre down in the dumps.
Of course, she doesnt advocate eating brisket and egg- dripping noodle pudding all the time. In her words, that would be like that movie Super Size Me, youd blow up like a balloon.
However, she encourages folks of all faiths to prepare Jewish dishes from time to time, and shares the recipes in her new book, How to Cook Like a Jewish Grandmother (Pelican Publishing).
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