Jewish traditional foods often have symbolic meanings. A Passover matzo is a taste of Egyptian slavery. The Hanukkah latke reminds us of the little jug of oil that burned, miraculously, for eight nights. Noshing hamentaschen at Purim, we remember the villain Haman, and his thwarted plan to destroy the Jews.
Even more than in the synagogue, Jewish life takes place around the dining table. Jewish sages compare the dining table to an altar, and that isn’t an exaggeration. Jewish meals are ceremonies and celebrations that forge a pathway between body and soul.
In this unique cookbook, Carol Ungar links the cultural and religious symbolism of Jewish foods to more than one hundred recipes drawn from international Jewish cultures and traditions. She offers easy-to-follow recipes for Shabbat meals and all the Jewish holidays, from Rosh Hashana to the nine days before Tisha b’Av, along with fascinating briefs on how many Jewish foods—challah, kreplach, farfel, and more—express core Jewish beliefs.
With ingredients that can be found in any supermarket, and recipes adapted for the time- and health-conscious cook, this volume is for anyone who wishes to flavor Shabbat and holiday meals with Jewish soul.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I must admit I never actually sat and read a cookbook cover to cover before this one. This little book is an intro to Judaism via food. It includes recipes from Jewish communities around the world, and the how, what and why of each dish. The writing style is engaging and recipes I have tried so far have been easy to follow and successful. The author has an incredible breadth of knowledge, a sense of humor and a huge variety of recipes! I'm sending a copy to my mom!
Who ever thought a cook book would fall into the category of "books I couldn't put down" ? For a person who's been eating for over eight decades, and cooking for about seven decades, this book is a treat. It's chock full of fun and facts. It will make a wonderful gift for the newly-wed, who hasn't cooked yet, as well as for the experienced kitchen maven.
I thought I was pretty well versed in knowing the origins of many Jewish foods, but I found so many new and interesting insights from this book! It brought back many memories of my home growing up- a great book with a real "Yiddishe Ta'am"! A great bridal shower gift!
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