The Scoop


Jewish Mother Gum by Maira Kalman


Lots of good parenting reads this month from The New York Times…

Give Kids Your Undivided Attention — or No Attention At All” by Catherine Newman 

It’s the Time You Spend on an Elementary School That Makes It Special (and Hard to Leave)” by Liisa Ogburn

Kids and Parents: Happy to Move Up, Sad to Say Goodbye” by KJ Dell’Antonia

The Battle Over Dress Codes” by Peggy Orenstein

I’m scooping myself!  I’m excited about my first article on Kveller-A Jewish Twist on Parenting, I Need For My Kids To Know That There is No Right Way to be Jewish.


Here’s what’s on my “to make” list so far this summer… Banana, Almond & Chocolate Cake and Herb & Pistachio Falafel from Green Kitchen Stories, Spaghetti Squash Shakshuka from Busy in Brooklyn, Food 52’s Roasted Banana Paletas and Strawberry Oat-Cocoa Muffins from Dolly and Oatmeal.

Edible cupcake liners!


Russ & Rye: [Re]Building the Jewish Bakery Tradition” in Serious Eats

The New Golden Age of Jewish-American Deli Food” by Julia Moskin in The New York Times

Chatting with Herring Young Gun Jacob Frommer” by Adam Chanes in The Forward

The 4 Best Bagels in Oakland” by Hannah Rubin in The Forward


Please watch this!! Maya Angelou in “Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud” in Oprah


8 New Israeli Writers You Need To Read Right Now” by Beth Kissileff in The Forward

Your Summer Reading List” from the TED Blog

Librarian Nancy Pearl Maps Out A Plan For Your Summer Reading” on NPR

21 Books You Must Read Before Summer Ends” in Oprah Magazine

BOOK NEWS–“Actress Amanda Peet is Publishing a Children’s Book About Being Jewish” by Stephanie Butnick in Tablet Magazine


Having just finished Americanah, I loved hearing more from Chimamanda Adichie in this inspiring TED talk, “The Danger of a Single Story.”


The Scoop will now be posted twice a month! Read anything great lately? Made anything delicious? Let me know–I’d love to include it in the round-up.

Happy July. XO

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4 Comments on The Scoop

  1. Rhoda
    June 29, 2014 at 10:38 pm (8 years ago)

    Great suggestions, particularly love the book section. “Tell the Wolves I’m Home”. A really good
    worthwhile read. Look forward to these blogs. Keep them coming. Thanks

    • Julie Levine
      June 30, 2014 at 3:42 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks Rhoda for the book suggestion. I’ll be at the bookstore tomorrow and will definitely pick up “Tell the Wolves I’m Home.” I need a new summer book and you always have good suggestions.

  2. tammy levine
    June 30, 2014 at 2:21 am (8 years ago)

    lots of great suggestions for the summer. i always love food recommendations. am about to start reading Americanah as it is the summer selection for our book club. will let you know how it is. in the meantime, i want to check out amanda peet’s book!!

    • Julie Levine
      June 30, 2014 at 3:40 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks Tammy. Let me know how you like Americanah!


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