Your kosher Grandma probably never heard of nam pla or nuoc nam, the pungent tasting fish sauce used ubiquitously in Thai and Vietnamese cooking. In fact, if she took one whiff of the sauce’s fishy odor, she might have thrown it away on the assumption it was spoiled.
Both! A foodie groupie gets tips -- and dinner -- at the JCC.
Dear reader. You will be forgiven for assuming that, as the creator of the Jewish Week’s Food & Wine section, I am a foodie. What I really am is a foodie groupie: I don’t have the time/money/discipline/passion to become a really great home cook, say, or an intrepid explorer of extreme ethnic foods in the darkness of the outer boroughs.