From the Washington Post columnist and James Beard Award-winning author of Poor Man’s Feast comes a story of seeking truth, acceptance, and self in a world of contradiction…
Treyf: According to Leviticus, unkosher and prohibited, like lobster, shrimp, pork, fish without scales, the mixing of meat and dairy. Also, imperfect, intolerable, offensive, undesirable, unclean, improper, broken, forbidden, illicit.
I spoke with Elissa Altman by phone, as she is still on tour for her new memoir Treyf. You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate the bittersweet ironies of her life, but, as my grandmother used to say, “It couldn’t hurt.”
by Elissa Altman