Jews and Cheese
- jpr54_1 Oct 14, 2013 01:08 PM
I tought this was an interesting topic
It is and thank you for bringing the link, to the Cheese board.
When I first noticed the OP subject line, I immediately thought of the off-broadway show title, "Old Jews Telling Jokes" which I have seen and laughed my head off but not a single mention of jews and cheese in that show. It would however make a great sequel show title!
Back on OP, it never even occurred to me.
I also am a non-observant Jew.
Growing up the only cheeses I had were cottage cheese, farmer cheese and American cheese. Sometimes Swiss
I have a feeling it has a lot to do with regional European food ways. With the exception of farmer style cheeses, you won't hear much about Poles, Slovaks, Ukranians, Hungarians or Russians eating a lot of cheese either (and Austrians and Germans to a lesser degree). Most jewish people in N. America are descended from people who left those countries in the last 100 years and then spent at least generation or two in close proximity to large, concentrated communities of compatriots, thus making it easy to continue following the old diet.
The only really common cheeses in most of central Europe are farmers cheese/tvarog/quark and the things you make with it - e.g. bryndza(brined), oscypek(pressed, salted and smoked).