11 Questions: Beyond the Synagogue by Rachel B. Gross

Rachel B. Gross’s engrossing new book looks “beyond the synagogue” to find religious practice in museums, restaurants, and children’s books. Through years of wide-ranging travel, conversations, and reading, Rachel has…


Et Tu, Almonds? On Guilt and Eating

Meanwhile I forgive you, my beloved almonds, for not being harmless; I am not harmless either.


Cloudy Coffee

Left out of Kannada conversation, I always recognize “coffee.”


Torn Bread

Communion in a woman’s hands.

Killing the Buddha

BYOB Beads ‘n Booze

Tables For Two Five Wounds 874 Oskars Street, tel: 212-567-4001 Five Wounds is a new “multipurpose room” under 1 1/2 Avenue, in newly-dubbed DucManIs. The neighborhood, full of darkened storefronts…


Festival of the Hungry Ghosts

What to make when it’s your turn to feed a dead grandmother?

Lapham's Quarterly: "Food."

Reality-Based Eating

We live in an imperfect world, so why not find a way to enjoy it? In the current “Food” issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, KtB regular (and, now, father!) Scott Korb has…

Buddha's hand.

Buddha’s Hand (or, A Citron Variety from Whole Foods)

The oldest member of the citrus family reaches out, though it hails from far-away India and parts of China. Sensitive to frost, heat, drought, but no burden to the tree.…

"Repas de Notre-Seigneur et des apôtres" by James Tissot, c. 1886-1894. Brooklyn Museum.

Jesus and the Sukkah

Why did they have to build a church over Christ’s Table?

Killing the Buddha

Killing the Crab-Buddha on MasterChef

To some extent, the goal of all reality TV competitions is to make their contestants uncomfortable. The stress is sometimes physical (how many cockroaches can you eat?) and sometimes mental…

Closeup of Blue Chevrotina Cheese, by Stewart Butterfield, via Wikimedia Commons

The Benedictine Rule of Cheese Ecology

What does the microbial biology of cheese have to do with Benedictine spirituality? Mother Noella Marcellino—nun, cheesemaker, and microbiologist—of the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT, didn’t find her…

The Desperate Dieter

Take and Eat

R cialis online without prescription eligious dieting has been with us for a while. Christians aren’t just fighting off such worldly temptations as adultery and homicide; Big Macs and ice…

Lenten Fast

Meat: It’s What’s for Lunch

Dear Ross, It is not for me to judge another’s Lenten sacrifice; giving up cappuccinos or pedicures might really be a hardship for someone else. However, I was a little…


Albertson’s Chicken for the Soul

Hungry, homeless, and caught in the rainstorm of life.

"I realized I could follow the progress of my fast by keeping an eye on the moon every night..."

Hunger Is God’s Food

Praise the Lord and pass the leftovers—but not before the end of Ramadan.

Killing the Buddha

Converting Vegetarians

First, a soundtrack. Our new friend Videoboy Matt’s song “

All photos by Katherine Wright.

Why We Hunt

Lost in the crosshairs, the gun was a little too big and the hunter a little too small.

Killing the Buddha

Give Us Food. Give Us Sex.

Hunger and Kamasutra are lonely. These are the sections where KtB has published pieces on the way that food & drink, and sex & love, have made believers and heretics…