Cohen (The Gefilte Variations) celebrates both the variety and spirit of Jewish holidays and the variety of Jewish cooking in this appealing book. Each major holiday throughout the year, from Rosh Hashanah in the fall to Shavuot in early summer, has its own section of recipes, as does the weekly Sabbath; strictly observant Jews as well as those who are not entirely familiar with the religious significance of all the events will appreciate Cohen's detailed comments on their history and meaning at the beginning of each section. Those with less experience in planning big feasts will also be grateful for the variety of menu suggestions that accompany each holiday: Passover seders, a Hanukkah latke party with superb traditional and nontraditional latkes, a vegetarian dinner for Sukkot. Cohen draws on Jewish cuisine from every tradition: Leek Croquettes from Rhodes, stuffed chicken soup from Iran and a pineapple-coconut milk kugel from Bombay are just a few of the pleasantly exotic yet authentic offerings; she also puts new twists on old standards, as with Moroccan-flavored brisket and "deconstructed" kasha varnishkes that feature portobello mushrooms and eggplant in lieu of quantities of fat. Each recipe is helpfully coded to indicate whether it is meat, dairy or pareve, though she often provides variations to accommodate all needs in this book that's enjoyable to read and inspiring to cook from. (Mar.) (Publishers Weekly, December 17, 2007)
Book arrived on time and in the condition described. My family is not Jewish but many of the recipes are from regions of Eastern Europe where my family is from.Published 3 months ago by Susan Swansrest
The book is worth the price just for the warm lentil hummus made with pomegranate molasses. I also am extremely fond of some of the tongue in cheek introductions to some of the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gerard D. Launay
An Interesting Addition
Lots of variety of recipes. Not so much the basics, but fun to look through when menu planning
best recipe for haman taschen I've ever made, and I love all her intros! I've given this book as an engagement gift to several friends already. A must!Published 23 months ago by a.
One of the best collections of holiday recipes I have found. Clearly edited by someone who not only loves to cook but loves to eat. Read morePublished on December 15, 2011 by Mme. Gourmande
The Index at the back of the book is the worst I have ever seen in a cookbook. No page numbers for sub-entries. What's the deal with this???Published on December 11, 2009 by DSH