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Fast and Festive Meals for the Jewish Holidays: Complete Menus, Rituals, and Party-Planning Ideas for Every Holiday of the Year Hardcover – August 20, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; 1 edition (August 20, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688145701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688145705
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #898,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

There's more than just recipes here: in addition to great menus for every Jewish holiday, Sorosky includes a short history of the occasion, the appropriate blessings, decorations and centerpieces, and essential religious items and foods--in short, everything you need to know and have to make your holiday meal a success. What's more, she provides a game plan for organizing your time in the kitchen and getting everything on the table at the right time and temperature. As an added bonus, Sorosky includes "Extra Points": special projects for children, invitation ideas, or special decorations to lift your celebration above the ordinary.

In her foreword, Marlene Sorosky admits that her upbringing in a tyranically Orthodox household spoiled Jewish holidays for her until she was well into adulthood. While writing this book, however, she discovered the joyous spirit of both the holidays and Judaism--apparent in every page of Fast and Festive Meals for the Jewish Holidays.

From Library Journal

Other holiday cookbooks cover some Jewish holidays, and other Jewish cookbooks include dishes for the holidays, but Sorosky provides menus for all the major holidays or holy days and some minor ones, as well as for a bar/bat mitzvah, Israel Independence Day, and other events. The author of several previous books on entertaining, she also offers decorating tips, ideas for kids' activities, and "game plans" and provides brief descriptions of the rituals involved, with appropriate blessings. Not every menu seems particularly "fast," but all the recipes include advance preparation suggestions, and many can be made well ahead. Recommended.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jean-Charles Le Brun on December 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Last year my sister gave me Fast and Festive Meal..as a Chanakah gift as I was converting to Judaism and had little knowledge of how to cook jewishly. This book is absolutely amazing. Wonderful meal suggestions that have allowed me to incorporate Jewish eating into my new life as a Jew with the attendant rituals. What I find most attractive are her suggestions on the timing of preparations and the possibilities for freezing.
L'année passée ma soeur m'a donné comme cadeau de Hanoucca, Fast and Festive Meals car j'étais en train de me convertir au Judaisme. J'avais besoin d'un guide pour cuisiner en juif Ce livre m'a permis d'incorporer la cuisine juive dans ma vie de tous les jours et ceci avec les rituels prescripts. Ce que je trouve des plus intéressants sont ses suggestions pour l'horaire de la préparations et les possibilités pour la congelation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CoolerHeads on February 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was skeptical that this cookbook could deliver, but it does! I have made many of these recipes and complete menus, and everything has obviously been tested repeatedly; each recipe is a winner! I have gotten many compliments over these dishes. Best of all, I am able to entertain with two small children by following her timelines and preparing in advance. This has become a favorite cookbook of mine for all Jewish holidays.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Helene Zukof (wal.hel.z@prodigy.net) on November 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a cookbook that can help take the fear and trepidation out of holiday cooking, especially for novice cooks. There are many reasonable shortcuts (using a cake mix as a base) and interesting ideas. Many of the recipes hav become year-long family favorites. It is a welcome addition to my vast collection of coolbooks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Philip Dow on February 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Since other reviewers have already praised this book for its purposefulness, this reader wants to speak of its other qualities. By presenting its recipes within the context of a religious culture this book deserves a place on the reference shelf as well as the kitchen. Its knowledge is, thus, doubly delicious. And the candor of the introduction, speaking of the author's having to deal with a conflict of Faith, is a recipe for being; it's grace, suggestive of literature, whets one's appetite for Marlene Sorosky's own story. It is more than surprising, but gratifying, for a cook book to give a real taste of poetry, honesty, intimacy, loving, depth, openness, wit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My copy of this great book is spattered, tattered and all else that a well-used and better-loved cookbook should be! I have tried nearly all the recipes and NONE of them has not been fabulous. (Should I say, they have all been wonderful!) People ask for the recipes all the time. What a great commentary! Would that all cookbooks were so easy, creative, and fail-safe! Naturally, with recipesthis good, I don't just use them for Jewish holidays!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Wilber on March 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I love this cookbook. One of my favorite recipes from this cookbook is the recipe for Gefilte Fish Mousse. It is a very tasty and unusual way to serve gefilte fish. If you get this cookbook, try that recipe. Its great! I enjoyed the whole cookbook. Let's admit holidays and cooking go hand in hand. Who can think of purim without thinking about eating Hamantashen. Read this book if you want to make you Jewish Holidays more special and tasty.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fire King on March 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have a huge library of Jewish cookbooks, and this is now the only one I turn to. The recipes are easy to execute, and will make you look like a gourmet cook.

I use this cookbook, even when it is not holiday time.

The stuffed cabbage casserole is remarkable and the brisket is just devine.

The Pesach desserts are incredible, and everytime I make one, someone asks me if it was store bought, they come out so professional looking. They are that terrific. The chocolate chip cookies are so delicious that my Mom could not believe they were Pasidic. I also enjoy the ritual information, and table setting ideas.

The dreidle cake was a major hit at Chanukah.

The is the ONE book that you must have for holiday cooking.

It should be in every household. I have given this book as a gift year after year, and it is always appreciated.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The loz & cream cheese pizza was a big hit at my party last week! And the passover desserts are excellent. This book is the best for Jewish holidays. All of the recipes I have made were excellent. I never made the drediel cake as mentioned in another review, but the meals, deserts and even the punch I made were easy to make and big hits at our family gatherings.
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