My friend Cathy alerted me to this story on NPR about Jewish Mexican Cooking. This is what I commented on the NPR page, expanded here for your enjoyment:
When I read the headline of this story, my heart stopped. I thought it
was about my grandfather Samuel Gmora, who used to be the caterer at
Temple Bet El, and also had a Jewish food restaurant in the Condesa
neighborhood, called Taam Tov Kosher, when I was a little girl. Of course, the Shlejters
preceded him for many years, because by the time he catered in Bet-El
nobody ever went to Justo Sierra anymore. My bobe taught my zeide how to
cook Jewish food and many Mexican Jews, including myself, still
remember his delicious banquets. In my family, we still have Gefilte
Fish Veracruzana, which is the greatest fusion food ever: Gefilte Fish
with a sauce of tomatoes, onions, olives, capers and blond chiles.
is also a Mole-Matzoh Gratin at the Passover Seder. And according to
legend, my bobe made the meanest kosher mole in Mexico City.
remember Sra. Dora Schmidt from when we all used to live in la Condesa.
She and my mom, and other Jewish ladies used to have coffee at
the undulating counter at Woolworth's! I'm happy to see she is healthy and well and glad to see
these delicious traditions getting the attention they deserve.