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Events Wed Aug 04 2010

Mixing Meat and Milk While Kissing Is Totally Unkosher

Not going to Lollapalooza on Sunday? Try a little Challapalooza! Los Angeles author and singles columnist for the the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles Carin Davis comes to Evanston on Sunday to talk about her 2010 book Life, Love, Lox: Real-World Advice for the Modern Jewish Girl. Now, I'm a modern Jewish girl, I guess--I love bacon, I don't go to temple, I've dated my fair share of atheists--but I worry that this book would implant in my head some of that Jewish guilt I try to avoid. Here's an excerpt, from a chapter about a date with a Jewish movie executive:

As I enjoyed my last morsel of cheesy perfection, Jeff took a bite of meatloaf, slid my way, and stole a kiss. Or at least he started to until I ducked. Yes, ducked. No, I'm not a big tease, I'm a big Jew, and technically a mid-bite kiss would have meant mixing milk and meat. When Jeff 's mouth touched mine, I didn't see fireworks, I didn't hear wedding bells: I heard the great rabbis reminding me not to seethe a calf in its mother's milk.

I would never (I mean, never) have thought of that (and don't really even want to think about it). But for those of you modern gals who want to know "how to put together Shabbat dinner for the real world, how to meet the (observant) parents, and how to embrace the high holy days with style," go see Davis read from her book August 8 at 1pm. Evanston's BooCoo Cafe & Cultural Center, 1823 Church St., 773-362-4760.

Update: There's also a Lakeview reading at 4pm. Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark St., 773-362-4760.

 
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