The Angel and the Cholent: Food Representation from the Israel Folktale Archives begins with a folktale suggesting that the best music is the clang of serving vessels brought to the table. Indeed, Idit Pintel-Ginsberg's work is like a serving vessel offering a symphony of sounds, aromas, and tastes sparking the reader's imagination. The author's goal is to reflect the oral character of the tales, even as the book is a translation from the original Hebrew.

Pintel-Ginsberg analyzes 30 folktales selected from the collection of the Israel Folktale Archives (IFA) at Haifa University. The archive, founded by Prof. Dov Noy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1955, holds an extensive collection of 25,000 folktales in several languages collected from more than 5,000 narrators representing 70 ethnic groups in Israel. In 2017, the archive was included in UNESCO's prestigious Memory of the World Programme. Two principles motivated Noy as he established...

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