Welcome to Neesh Noosh!
Neesh Noosh means “tasty treat” in Hebrew. I was inspired to start the blog as a way to delve deeply and share many of my life’s passions: writing, cooking, health, farmers markets (eating, buying and photographing), sustainable agriculture/food access/food justice, and Judaism. I describe my recipes as “Edible Midrashim.”
When I began at Rosh Hashana in 2014, my site was titled, “Neesh Noosh: A Jewish Woman’s Year Long Journey to Find Faith in Food.” For the first year, I created a weekly recipe inspired by the weekly Torah portion (parsha hashavua) plus what’s in season at my farmers market, along with commentary about food, agriculture and hunger issues. It was also the 7th and final year of a Shmita cycle. Neesh Noosh challenged me to deeply study the weekly Torah portion–something I’ve never done. Writing the weekly blog was a process that is helping me understand and answer many questions in my life.
I’ve completed my weekly Torah recipes project. I’ve dropped the “year long” from the title and will continue writing, creating and cooking for the site. I finished a second year of recipes for each new month (Rosh Chodesh). Now, I’m working on turning the blog into a cookbook and adding recipes I collect from travels to different Jewish communities.
You can also find my recipes and articles at Haaretz, Chabad, Jewish Journal, Joy of Kosher, The Forward, BeliefNet, Jewish Food Experience and the Borough Market. I’ve also written about food, agriculture and faith for National Geographic, AlterNet, Civil Eats, Huffington Post, On Faith and the companion book to the award-winning documentary film, A Place at the Table. I also researched and managed social action campaigns for award-winning documentary films such as Food, Inc., A Place at the Table, Last Call at the Oasis and Bitter Seeds.
Please contact me with feedback or if you would like to re-post any of my blogs or photos. Also, please sign up for my updates and to know when the cookbook is available. I’m available for “Neesh Noosh” events at schools, synagogues, stores, and organizations. Thank you for joining me on this journey and I look forward to hearing from you!
© Sarah Newman. Grass-fed, GMO-free, sustainably raised.