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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sue Fishkoff Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781596597273
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Kosher? That means the rabbi blessed it, right? Not exactly. In this captivation account of a Bible-based practice that has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry, journalist Sue Fishkoff travels throughout America and to Shanghai, China, to find out who eats kosher food, who produces it, who is responsible for its certification, and how this fascinating world continues to evolve. She explains why 86 percent of the 11.2 million Americans who regularly buy kosher food are not observant Jews—they are Muslims, Seventh-day Adventists, vegetarians, people with food allergies, and consumers who pay top dollar for food they believe “answers to a higher authority.”

Fishkoff interviews food manufacturers, rabbinic supervisors, and ritual slaughterers; meets with eco-kosher adherents who go beyond traditional requirements to produce organic chicken and pasture-raised beef; sips boutique kosher wine in Napa Valley; talks to shoppers at an upscale kosher supermarket in Brooklyn; and marches with unemployed workers at the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant. She talks to Reform Jews who are rediscovering the spiritual benefits of Kashrut and to Conservative and Orthodox Jews who are demanding that kosher food production adhere to ethical and environmental values. She chronicles the corruption, price-fixing, and strong-arm tactics of early-twentieth-century kosher meat production, against which contemporary kashrut scandals pale by comparison.

A revelatory look at the current stat of kosher in America, this audio book will appeal to anyone interested in food, religion, Jewish identity or big business.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 That70sheidi | 10/3/2013

    " Just when I thought everything about Jews and Kosherocity had been covered, lo and behold, there's 6 more chapters! But it was interesting and I did learn quite a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 9/28/2013

    " The author shared a lot of interesting facts but the organization or thematic structure escaped me. Unfortunately, it made the book a little tedious to read despite all of the well researched facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonah | 9/5/2013

    " Lots of interesting and informative and familiar details about the kashrus industry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Avi | 6/16/2013

    " Ms. Fishkoff did a wonderful job presenting kashrut from all perspectives and opinions in a unbiased and informative manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yael Cohen | 5/11/2013

    " I read this in 2 days over Pesach. It was a very well written easy read about the kosher food industry. I found the historical background particularly interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/20/2013

    " Interesting look at world of OU, Star-K, etc. and why eco/ethical kashrut may become even more important (hopefully). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/4/2012

    " The book was really fun, informative, great writing. NYPL Bernstein Award consideration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/10/2012

    " A very enjoyable read so far. I like how it makes you think about the food in stores and the development of food cultures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan Cowan | 9/16/2011

    " A must read for those interested in another side of the food business. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Sondreal | 8/15/2011

    " It wasn't quite what I expected but still really good. I don't think someone who wasn't Jewish would find it as interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry Friedman | 4/17/2011

    " I know a lot about Kashrut, but I'm learning, in this book, about the business of Kashrut, which is quite interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 12/27/2010

    " I know a lot about Kashrut, but I'm learning, in this book, about the business of Kashrut, which is quite interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/11/2010

    " The book was really fun, informative, great writing. NYPL Bernstein Award nominee. "

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About the Author

Sue Fishkoff is the associate editor of a weekly newspaper in Monterey County, California, and a regular contributor tothe Jerusalem Post and Moment, among other publications. She has received journalism awards from the National Newspaper Association, the B’nai B’rith World Center, and the American Jewish Press Association. She lives in Pacific Grove, California.

About the Narrator

Walter Dixon is a broadcast media veteran of more than twenty years’ experience with a background in theater and performing arts and voice work for commercials. After a career in public radio, he is now a full-time narrator with more than fifty audiobooks recorded in genres ranging from religion and politics to children’s stories.