BROOKLYN : EPICENTER FOR U.S. HERRING SUPPLY AND CONSUMPTION
Saturday, November 5, 2016
A HERRING SALAD RECIPE THAT GOES WAY BACK
A Rage to Nosh was written by Ruth and Bob Grossman. It has a copyright date of 1966 and was touted as "a blend of sophisticated taste with rib-tickling humor". From the Preface:
...The art of noshing has been finely perfected through the ages by a long list of famous noshers. The first nosh of all time was the forbidden apple with which the serpent of the Garden of Eden tempted Eve. This must have been the first in a long series of low calorie snacks; for in all the world of art depicting the first couple, whoever heard of a fat Adam and Eve?
Probably the most famous of all noshers was the portly King Henry VIII of England. His sumptuous dinners were the envy of all citizens. They would last for hours and were as beautiful to behold as they were to devour. And between each course were served noshes of every size and description from the far corners of the globe. Henry, who had a particular passion for drumsticks (they say his mother made delicious chicken soup) had the nasty habit of throwing the bones over his shoulder with great gust and excellent aim...
However, no one deserves more credit for encouraging hundreds of generations of noshers than the ubiquitous Jewish mother who is famous for her tons of stuffed cabbage, schools of gefullte fish and mountains of chopped liver. Lest she violate the Dietary Laws, she has seldom wandered from these traditional viands of the Kosher table prepared from century honed recipes...