Every Rosh Hashanah, I look at the dog-eared copies of cooking magazines piling up in our kitchen and think, 'I'm going to make something new and different this year!' The stakes were really raised one year when my neighbor and I decided to join forces and celebrate the Jewish New Year together at her house.
The right food can be a prophylaxis that can actually thwart illness. The Okinawan people -- who are the longest lived people in the world -- use the term nuchi gusui, which literally means "food is medicine." But modern medicine is just beginning to understand the biochemistry behind the concept of food as medicine.