what is Jewish food?

what is Jewish food?

On April 29 2002, Dr. Josh Backon <backon@vms.huji.ac.il> wrote:

The opening scene in MR. SATURDAY NIGHT (about an aging Jewish comedian trying to make a comeback) has many shots of authentic Jewish food. Some of the plot revolves around Jewish food !

What is "authentic" Jewish food?

I can think of:

  • matzah
  • challah
    (only true challah (i.e. bread from which "challah is taken"))
  • charoset
  • choelent
  • I learned from some Polish Catholics that gefilete fish is an authentic Jewish food. A Polish cookbook has a recipe for "Fish the Jewish Way" which is gefilte fish and is specifically eaten on Christmas!

    What else? What determines that a particular food is "Jewish"?