Maria Balinska

A bagel maven from New Jersey and the author of The Bagel: A Cultural History: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread, Maria Balinska is also a journalist and radio documentary maker. She is the Editor of World Current Affairs Radio (the department which produces Crossing Continents, From Our Own Correspondent, A Point of View, Profile and the Reith Lectures among other programmes)at the BBC in London.
Movable Feasts
For many of us, nothing makes us feel more Jewish than some chopped liver or gefilte fish? Yet, Jamie Oliver would not approve of the shtetl’s diet. Jayne Cohen confronted this dilemma and came up with interesting suggestions about how to adapt traditional recipes to suit modern notions of healthy eating, without betraying our forefathers – or mothers. In her memoir, The Settler’s Cookbook (Tales of Love, Migration and Food) Yasmin Alibhai Brown explores her East African Indian roots t...