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  • Illinois archivist's prize-winning essay reveals Jewish origins of Viennese cuisine

    Photo of open cookbook and vanilla crescent cookies being made

    University of Illinois archivist Susanne Belovari researched the Jewish contributions to traditional Viennese cuisine. She was inspired to look more closely at the cooking she grew up with after realizing Viennese dessert recipes did not need to be adjusted to make them kosher. Pictured here are vanillekipferl, or vanilla crescent cookies, which Belovari’s family makes each Christmas and which were also baked by Viennese Jews for Hanukkah. The recipe for the cookies is included in the Viennese cookbook “Wiener Küche.”

    Courtesy Susanne Belovari

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    Editor’s note: To contact Susanne Belovari, email belovari@illinois.edu.