Eat and Be Satisfied is the first comprehensive and critical history of Jewish food from biblical times until the present. John Cooper explores the traditional foods-the everyday diets as well as the specialties for the Sabbath and festivals-of both the Ashkenazic and Sephardic cuisines. He discusses the often debated question of what makes certain foods Jewish and details the evolution of such traditional dishes as cholent and gefilte fish.
Through extensive research in libraries in the United States, London, and Jerusalem, John Cooper has become a pioneer in the field of Jewish culinary history. He was a lecturer at the first Oxford Symposium on Jewish Food and at the Spiro Jewish Food Conference. Cooper studied history at Balliol College at Oxford University, where he received an M.A. He is an attorney in London, where he lives with his wife and two children.