From Publishers Weekly
Whatever tribe readers may belong to, they're sure to find a few new favorites (and an auxiliary Jewish grandma) in this terrific collection, which has the feel of a conversation with a caring relative. Authors Marks and Carneiro state up front that they aren't "keeping kosher or following rules" in their compilation of menus, organized by holiday (complete with wine pairings), though they do include a wealth of thoughtful tips for those who prefer to stick by tradition. Yes, brisket, latkes, kugel and flourless Passover Brownies make the mix, but so does a kosher caipirinha (utilizing kosher cachaca). The emphasis is on flavorful home cooking: chicken noodle soup, Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, and a simple ice cream pie will appeal to cooks of any faith. Anecdotes, quirky suggestions (like a list of Chanukah-appropriate hip-hop), and tips for buying and presentation jostle with recipes like a busy, satisfying family dinner, providing new cooks and those intimidated by Jewish cuisine a comforting, familial vibe.
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From the Back Cover
Straight from the kitchen of a fun, fabulous Jewish mom and her daughter, Jewish Cooking Boot Camp is a guide to whipping up traditional favorites for a new generation. Handed down over the decades, these recipes and tips will take even the most kitchen-challenged gal (or guy) confidently through the Jewish holidays and other important occasions (such as inviting a significant other’s mother for dinner!). Setting out from basic training, it goes on to cover Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Yom Kippur, Passover, and other holidays, and includes special chapters on take-along foods and comfort foods.
In addition to more than fifty traditional (and nontraditional) recipes, Roz and Andrea provide expert tips from Jewish bartenders, DJs, nutritionists, and party planners; interviews with rabbis about
creating modern family traditions; inspirational traditions from Jewish families around the globe; and kosher wine pairings. Jewish Cooking Boot Camp takes every last ounce of intimidation out of Jewish cooking while serving up a hearty helping of family, culture, and other flavors to savor.
Among the 50+ easy-to-make recipes:
Onion Noodle Kugel | Edith’s Red Wine Brisket | Spinach Cheese Squares
Blintz Soufflé | Honey Cake | The Best Flourless Latkes You Have Ever Had
Aunt Frieda’s Passover Nut Cake