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Faye Levy's International Jewish Cookbook: Over 250 new and traditional recipes for holidays and every day Hardcover – November 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (November 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044651568X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446515689
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,528,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

The latest from this prolific food writer/cookbook author is an authoritative guide to contemporary international Jewish cuisine. Levy includes more than 250 recipes inspired by the cooking of Jewish communities in a variety of cultures, from Moroccan Sea Bass to an Italian-style Braised Cod to Israeli Grilled Chicken. She provides recipes and menus for the holidays (there are six menus for Passover alone) as well as for everyday dishes of all sorts. Good modern Jewish cookbooks are few and far between; recommended for most collections.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Levy says this book was inspired by a letter Julia Child wrote her 17 years ago, suggesting that she write a ``high-class book on Jewish cooking.'' An American raised on Eastern European Jewish fare, married to an Israeli, and well traveled in Europe (she has written a series of cookbooks with the umbrella title Fresh From France--none reviewed), she also credits a Jewish sister-in-law from India for yet another ethnic mix--so the international approach comes naturally. The recipes are prefaced by profiles of the two major Jewish cuisines, Ashkenazic and Sephardic, and their major subcategories; and they're arranged first by Jewish holiday, then conventionally by course, with the different styles (including Israeli ``new cuisine'') intermixed throughout. This makes for interesting variety and encourages browsers of any background to incorporate some new ideas into their own traditional meals. Levy also introduces different ways with well-known standards. Her Israeli mother-in-law, for one simple example, soaks but does not boil the dried chickpeas she puts in falafels. Both festive and everyday, but never formidable or fussy, Levy's recipes are ``high class'' in their fidelity to fresh ingredients, traditional standards, and contemporary taste. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 2000
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Faye Levy's cookbook is almost homage to the great "French Chef", Julia Child, who suggested that Levy write such a book. Faye Levy has sampled & studied worldwide Jewish cuisine, and fortunately for us compiled her work into this elegant, yet easy to follow cookbook with recipes from all parts of Europe and the Middle East. Not only did I become acquainted with new recipes and cooking techniques, but learned something of the Jewish tradition, as well.
Levy's culinary education is thoroughly wide ranging, running the gamut from formal studies in France & Israel, to learning various Sephardic & Ashkenazi cooking techniques from her friends & family in Israel & the United States.
Her simple instructions enabled me to produce a delicious and greatly praised French/Alsace raisin matzah kugel for our Passover seder. I plan to turn to Levy's book often for future holidays celebrations. This is a cookbook for anyone who wants to produce Jewish cuisine at its best.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2001
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If anyone is looking for a great recipe for potato latkes and other traditional dishes and can't find that perfect book to accomplish that end, look no further. I think that Ms. Levy has collected these recipes and tested them in her own kitchen. I have bought many other Jewish cookbooks but this is the only one that is staying in my kitchen library.
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The book was a gift for my mom. She was thrilled to see the book and has tried several recipes already in the brief time she's had it. She finds it quite easy and interesting to use!
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