you love food stories, this is a wonderful one.
It starts with Lisa Elmaleh Craig’s new book “Grandma Elmaleh’s Moroccan
Cookbook” (Hesperus Press Ltd., London 2012).
The book takes us on one family’s journey through the ages until they
came at last to the United States in 1939.
Like so many other Jewish families, the Elmaleh clan sought refuge here
just before the outbreak of World War II.
Unlike many refugees, the Elmalehs were prosperous merchants who
were soon living in a large house in Cedarhurst, Long Island. There, Sarah Levy Elmaleh became renowned for
her cuisine to the point where Craig Claiborne, the esteemed editor of the New
York Times food section, hailed her with a headline any cook would envy:
“Moroccan cooking that a sultan would envy”.