Esau’s Pottage

Red Lentil Soup

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Appears in
Jewish Holiday Cooking

By Jayne Cohen

Published 2008

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Reading the story of the fraternal twins in Genesis, we are struck by Esau’s impetuousness and utter lack of self-control: famished from the hunt, he sells his birthright to his brother in return for a simple pot of soup.

Or maybe Jacob, the first celebrity male Jewish cook, really had a way with red lentils.

I prefer to think the latter.

I picture Jacob, gathering pungent wild onions and garlic as he tended the flocks, bringing home armloads of fragrant mint and cum