A Podcast on Jewish Food:
Its Culture and History

beth-schenker-the-big-schmearThanks for visiting the Web site for The Big Schmear, a new podcast all about Jewish food. Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be posting two new episodes on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. I hope you visit my Web site often and while you’re here please let me know what you think of The Big Schmear, share your favorite Jewish food restaurants, your favorite Jewish food cookbooks, and tell us anything else about Jewish food you find interesting. Of course, I hope you’ll subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss any of the episodes. If you’d like to email me my address is: beth@thebigschmear.com

Happy Listening!
Beth Schenker
Host, The Big Schmear

Coming Soon!

The Big Schmear will be back with the next new episode on Monday, April 23!


Latest Episodes

Passover with Chef Laura Frankel

Episode 18


Guest: Chef Laura Frankel

Passover with Chef Laura Frankel

We all start talking about and planning for Passover months before the holiday is even close. it’s the most celebrated of all Jewish holidays and there are lots of plans that have to be made, not the least of which is planning the menu for the Seder and preparing the ritual foods.  The main mean is all about keeping the food memories alive and what better way to do that than to continue to serve family favorites. But what if you want to start your own traditions? Or change it up this one time? Chef Laura gives some great food ideas and she shares a super delicious dessert recipe.


The Knish Wars

Episode 17


Guest: Joanne Oppenheim

The Knish Wars

It’s my first ever interview with a children’s book author. And not just any children’s book author…she’s the author of a children’s book called: The Knish War on Rivington Street. How could I pass up the opportunity to talk about this? We had a great time together and Joanne even shares two knish recipes with The Big Schmear! Very generous. Now that the episode is finished the only thing I can think about is eating a knish. I’m in a bad way.

Fun Times with Gil Hovav Part 2

Episode 16


Guest: Gil Hovav

Fun Times with Gil Hovav Part 2

Gil Hovav is back for Part 2. He’s a guy who seems to have a never ending supply of energy and creative ideas. He writes cookbooks, but not your ordinary cookbooks. And he develops shows for television, sometimes about food but not your usual cooking show and finally he defines Israeli cuisine as only someone in love with the food of Israel can describe it. Think truth, fresh vegetables and fruit and exotic spices. The best time to listen to this episode? While cooking middle eastern food!


Fun Times with Gil Hovav Israeli Food Writer, Part 1

Episode 15


Guest: Gil Hovav

Fun Times with Israeli Food Writer Gil Hovav, Part 1

I’ve had a great time talking with Gil Hovav in this episode, learning about his family history, his experience as a food writer, as a TV star and all-around fun  guy. His energy and cool ideas don’t quit. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I loved being in conversation with him. And a heads up– you may want to have some hummus on hand because you could find yourself awfully hungry for anything Israeli by the time we are finished with Part 1.



Episode 14


Guest:Exhibitors & Vendors


It’s Kosherfest! And what is that you ask? It’s the worlds’ biggest event for the business of Kosher foods held annually in November. I had the opportunity to attend this year where it was held in Secaucus, New Jersey. I’ll do my best to give you a tour of this gigantic exhibit space where over 800 vendors participated in this year’s conference. I don’t have any recipes this time around but I do have all kinds of interesting tidbits about Kosher products that you would have never imagined!


Jewish Food The Healthy Way

Episode 13


Guest: Nutritionist Tanya Rosen

Jewish Food the Healthy Way

Meet Tanya Rosen – star nutritionist and overall health guru. Tanya heads up her own business helping with the care and feeding of your healthy body from workout tapes to nutrition counseling to preparing healthy foods. What better way to start the New Year and take care of your top New Year’s resolution!