The 62nd annual Latke-Hamantash Debate takes place tomorrow evening, November 25, at 7:30 pm at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th Street on the University of Chicago campus. This year the affair takes on something of the flavor of a presidential debate:
The debate is free and open to the public. Tickets to the reception, where latkes and hamantashen will be served following the event, will be sold at the door for $5 each.
Three years ago we published Ruth Fredman Cernea’s The Great Latke-Hamantash Debate which collects the best of sixty years of the annual bash, featuring academics of all stripes including a few Nobel laureates. Both the latke aficionado and the hamantash devotee will find much to savor in this collection. Our online feature for the book includes the text and audio of Ted Cohen’s famous 1976 lecture “Consolations of the Latke” as well as recipes for both the immortal pancake and the equally worthy pastry.