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Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family Hardcover – November 22, 2007
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The recipes were all tried-and-true favorites contributed by family members all over the world, and preceded by descriptions of what makes each one so wonderful. Each and every recipe was tested and perfected by the author, who carefully noted every relevant detail to virtually ensure success.
The caramels are scrumptious (and well worth the price of the book). Every recipe seems to be that way ... incredibly delicious, and written to virtually ensure success. The author also offers simplified alternatives, such as roasting eggplant and peppers in the oven rather than on top of the stove for Romanian Eggplant.
One caveat: although Cooking Jewish holds a special appeal for Jews, the food is scrumptious for any palate. (I'm a Christian, and these are recipes anyone would love, and which I would proudly serve anyone.)
I can't even imagine not loving this cookbook ... It offers everything I consider important in a cookbook, and the recipes are well-tested, incredibly delicious, and clearly written. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Located throughout the book are orange boxes which contain precious treasures of family stories. I especially like the one by her son Stu, who made "Spaghetti a la Bradley" for his in-laws only to discover a whole jar of garlic doesn't equal one clove of garlic. Why do these things always happen when cooking for in-laws?
Judy was able to secure over 500 recipes from over 200 of her relatives! A family tree is included to keep the family members straight. I agree with Judy when she says that it took a planet, not a village, to write this cookbook.
Just when you need one, Judy supplies us with a cooking tip. I wouldn't attempt making challah without following her advice. The tips for making cookies are good reminders.
Some of the titles of the recipes could only be found in a family heirloom cookbook, such as "Chicken Stupid!" and "Tanta Esther Gittel's Husband's Second Wife Lena's Nut Cake."
Not all of the recipes in the book are traditional Jewish dishes. There's "Sally Kay's Tzatziki Dip" from her son's co-worker, "Taal's Chicken Biryani from Taal Indian Restaurant in Orange County, California, and "Chicken Stir-fry with Walnuts.Read more ›
Readers will be hard-pressed to decide whether this book remains in the kitchen as an invaluable recipe source, or whether it should be kept at bedside, to read like a good novel. Maybe we all need 2 copies! Judy is a witty and gifted storyteller who lovingly introduces us to each of her relatives and extended family members, weaving fascinating stories and sharing memories and recipes along the way. Before you know it you're hooked, following each family member's journey through life. Jewish or not, we can all relate to Judy's quirky and delicious tales. The recipes--all 532 of 'em-- are detailed and well written, so no one should hesitate to start creating kitchen memories of their own. I am delighted with this book, and can think of no better gift for family and good friends.
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It just doesn't get any better ! Some of the recipes are so good Grandma would've been jealous !Published 6 months ago by K. Wilde
A compendium of the very best-of-the-best recipes in all food recipe categories from the extensive branches of an American Jewish family with Ashkenazi roots! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maxine Collin
I truly enjoyed the narrative but was somewhat disappointed in many of the recipes as I'm sure others would be in most of my family recipes. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sheryl L. Donner