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!

Join me for Part 2 of my conversation with Emily Paster when we talk about recipe and farmer’s market advise for your first tries at canning. I’ll even tell you about my canning class experience with Emily as instructor-fun times for summer!


Latest Episodes: 22 Episodes & Counting!

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!

Let’s Talk Chanukah!

Episode 12


Guest: Jamie Geller & Chef Laura Frankel

Let’s Talk Chanukah!

Jamie Geller is BAAACK! and Chef Laura Frankel joins in for this episode. We talk about Israeli food and lots about Chanukah latkas and sufganiyot. I think you are going to be so ready for Chanukah and latkes by the time you get to the end of this episode.

Happy Holidays to all. We’ll be back with our next episode of The Big Schmear on January 8. 


Jamie Geller: The Queen of Kosher

Episode 11


Guest: Jamie Geller

Queen of Kosher

I’m excited to talk with Jamie Geller of Joy of Kosher magazine in this episode. She’s an amazing woman with tons of energy and it’s all focused on preparing Jewish food. Join me for learning how Jamie went from American journalist to Jewish Kosher food & Israel; from “The Bride who Knew Nothing” to the head of a Joy of Kosher food magazine.

Although we taped this in September you’ll see our focus on Hanukkah in the recipes she shares.