"I intentionally dress up to erase the label I owned yesterday. Today, I’m a circus ringmaster; yesterday, a disco girl; the day before, an air-force-pilot-meets-janitor."
"This was before he was my grandfather, before he was Papa. Before his visit to a new country defined his family’s future. Americanness was only a hope."
"'Food porn' describes an obsession with all things food, and the term has saturated the vocabulary of Americans like golden butter on thick toast."
"These recipes [in my family cookbook]are a far cry both from how I understand Jewish, and how I understand Southern."
“My mother is gifted with forgetfulness. She calls it a gift, anyway. It is a unique ability to simply forget the bad stuff.”