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About ShtetlKettle

For the past 2 years, I’ve been blogging about fermentation on behalf of my small Detroit-based pickle business, Suddenly Sauer.

While food, in general, and fermentation, specifically, are central passions in my life, I felt that more theoretical fermentations (read: thoughts) weren’t as communicable in that space.  Thus, I’ve created ShtetlKettle.

In this space I want to think about community and individual identity.  My point of entry is Detroit Jewish identity, but I’m in no way limited to any one perspective.  I see some of the most poignant inquiries developing out of the borders between identities, and I hope to explore my identity, both personal and communal, with the boundaries (real and imaginary) that we create. 

While I plan to post on a weekly basis, I also want this space to be open to any/all those who happen to share in these (rather specific) areas of interest.  Guest posts and comments welcome!

I look forward to growing with you!




Blair Nosan

I said, “and why is your question a question?”

she said, “because we have a complex.  We have more need of answers than you do.”

I said, “Are you crazy?”

She said, “A little. But you haven’t told me if you love Jews or hate them.”

I said, “I don’t know, and I don’t want to know.  But I do know I like the plays of Euripades and Shakespeare.  I like fried fish, boiled potatoes, the music of Mozart, and the city of Haifa.  I like grapes, intelligent conversation, autumn, Picasso’s blue period.  And I like wine, and the ambiguity of mature poetry.  As for Jews, they’re not a question of love or hate.”

-Mahmoud Darwish Memory for Forgetfulness