When you think of English food, fish and chips quickly come to mind as one of the most English of all foods. Well, a big surprise to most persons is that both fried fish as well as fries and the marketing of the two products as a meal were all the products of Jewish food pioneers. Way back in the 16th century, it was some early Jewish chefs that invented the brand new concept of deep frying fish in oil. The concept of fried fish slowly gained popularity among the English after it was exported by the immigrant Jewish chefs to the British nation. And, in 1860(the same year that Abraham Lincoln was elected president stateside) another Jewish food pioneer, 13 year old Joseph Malin began frying fish at home to help his family with additional income that soon grew into the first true English fish and chips restaurant.
They say that the Jewish shall be a blessing to the nations. Well, English food was not always known for being the most wonderful in all of Europe where spotted dick, black pudding anf kidney pie never had much appeal outside of the UK. Little 13 year old Joseph Malin and other Jewish food pioneers helped to bring good food to the UK….a novel concept at the time, and something that made dinner in the UK much more pleasant of an experience. Wrapping the fish and chips in newspaper made it a portable food that could be taken with you as an early version of fast food, well seasoned with some vinegar.