I don’t know a huge amount about Jewish culture but I do know that I’m a fan of any religious holiday that encourages you to eat huge amounts of fried food and oil-based dishes. Latkes, sufganiyot, and fritas de prasa are just a few of the dishes customarily eaten during Hanukkah. Not everyone, however, celebrates the holiday in the same way. Jewish families in New York will celebrate differently to Jewish families in Birmingham who will celebrate differently to Jewish families in Seoul. And so on and so forth. In Romania, you'll find people constructing menorahs out of potatoes while in the region of Avignon in France they're all about opening up a fancy bottle of wine to mark the occasion.
The world is a vast, expansive, and often terrifying place but being able to see how culinary traditions are shared (yet altered to suit each specific culture) around the globe can be a truly beautiful thing. It's a reminder of the innate joy we can all get from eating a meal and sharing time with each other.
In order to find out a bit more about Jewish culture – and find out what all the cool kids have got on their dinner tables at this time of the year – I asked some super talented chefs and cooks what they eat during Hanukkah.