Hate Mail on the Subject of Gefilte Fish

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Kutsher's tasty gefilte fish comes in a pair of dense, puck-shaped masses -- with another of beets and horseradish on the side.


Last evening my review of Kutsher's Tribeca appeared, and it was pretty damn positive. I loved the pastrami -- both flat and deckle -- and ate the flanken with gusto. I even loved the gefilte fish, which is normally not my cup of tea. Little was I to know my opinion would unleash one of the best pieces of hate mail it has ever been my privilege to receive. I reproduce it here with the name of the sender expunged, in case he wrote it in haste and might later regret it.

Mr. Sietsema,

First of all, I like gefilte fish. I used to look forward to eating my grandmother's gefilte fish which she made from scratch. Fuck you for putting your opinions on a pedestal as if your speaking for many Jews. I know about the old Catskills as I went to a bungalow colony every summer with my family. I even played in a band at Kutchers one weekend. It takes a verbose Jew as yourself to fuck up my New Year. Write about the greatness of bubby's dishes. I'd like to take a piece of gefilte fish and rub it all over your face. I want to meet you and tell you face to face. Why is gefilte fish a Passover terror? Fuck you for devaluing great Jewish foods so you can make a pretty penny. Why did you not say that you disliked gefilte fish personally? Jews have enough problems without a Jew like you who slights the greatness of our culture so he can put food on his table.

--A.M.


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Daniel Saraga
Daniel Saraga

Wow, so out of line. 

In my opinion, a stab at the craziness of bottled gefilte fish is almost mandatory. My memories shaking the bottles of Manischewitz (and other brands of bottled fish) until they glooped onto the plate are priceless.

And besides, unless you're one of the few people who didn't try to make it go further by mixing in some (or lots of) matzo meal, then really, "we were bound in Egypt," right?

Cathye
Cathye

At least the writing was so good the person assumed you were Jewish!

ncberns
ncberns

Oy vey. Is there any way we can drum this clown out of the tribe...?

Pets
Pets

Nice post! Thanks for sharing your personal views. Really feel good i visited your post & got nice info.

Amit
Amit

Hilarious! Tribe members are accustomed to the the "how dare you's" and the self-hating labels from criticizing Israel or being anti-Zionist. I had no idea that we dare not speak ill of the holy gifilte fish! (Which is not some sort of Biblical ancient Jewish food, just a common Ashkenazi dish that came about in the 19th century). Noted. I will gear up if I dare slander the name of the all-mighty gefilte fish!

Nina Rosenblatt
Nina Rosenblatt

Zow!  What a fool.  He's the one making yids look bad.  I happen to love gefilte fish, any way, anyday...I agree though the Kutscher's version was FANTASTIC...a completely different sort of fish dumpling...

Nina Rosenblatt
Nina Rosenblatt

wow.  what a fool.  anyhoo, I love gefilte fish.  I also thought the kutscher's gefilte was something amazing, a very different sort of fish dumpling.  So delicious it was my favorite thing I had there. 

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:p

Funny, you don't look Jewish.

Bzlooking645
Bzlooking645

If your referring to Spaceballs the line goes "Funny she doesn't look Drewish"

:p
:p

I'm not. "Funny, you don't look Jewish" is a comedic phrase that's been around for at least half a century.

Melissa Rodriguez
Melissa Rodriguez

Wow! He sounds pretty passionate. Though people are entitled to their opinions, its comical to me when people lose their cool this way. It seems as though this guy is angry about other things in life and just needs an excuse to lash out publicly on someone. What he really needs is to head back out to the Catskills and relax. :) Happy New Year!

HSStudios
HSStudios

AM clearly has some issues.  That bit in your review about the gefilte fish was a pretty mild reference to the fact that many people find the dish gross.  This has certainly been my experience in my family and other Passover tables I've been at.  For many years it was a big novelty in my family that a Christian guy who had married our cousin actually liked the stuff.  We used to watch him eat it with morbid glee.  The dish has a very different texture and taste than 90% of anything you'd eat on a modern or 20th Century table, so I don't see anything wrong with pointing that out.  If you were reviewing a Japanese restaurant and mentioned the natto was smelly, you wouldn't get someone Japanese sending in a rant.  I usually find folks like AM have poor self-esteem or insecurity about their Jewish identity and use molehills like this as some excuse to try and exorcise their inner demons.  Sad.  It's a restaurant review.  He ought to lighten up.  Maybe too much gefilte fish has upset his digestion and made him grumpy.

Serena Bartha
Serena Bartha

Wow! A.M. might be put under the category of a self-loathing Jew.  Obviously he doesn't know that jokes about gefilte fish are pretty common. I am jewish and happen to love the stuff, including the kind you buy in a jar at Key Food. The plethora of curse words just sounds as if he was waiting to pick an argument with anybody.  Don't listen to him! But thanks for posting the letter and giving the putz his 2 minutes of fame.

TT
TT

don't mess with the Yiddish Mafia!

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