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With recipes from around the world -- from Algeria to Russia, from Italy to Mexico -- this is the most complete collection of specific dishes for the eight major holidays, the Sabbath, and all the special occasions in the life of the Jewish family -- weddings, birth ceremonies, and bar and bat mitzvahs. Each holiday or occasion is considered in terms of its history, religious food requirements, and traditions, with several suggested menus. Nathan updates preparation techniques with modern time-saving devices and new kosher food products without sacrificing authenticity. The classic Jewish cookbook, with over 50 new recipes in this latest edition!

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By adding over 50 new recipes, Nathan has improved and expanded this classic Jewish cookbook. With recipes from around the world, this is a complete collection of specific dishes for the 8 major holidays, the sabbath and special family occasions.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken; Revised edition (November 7, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080520900X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805209006
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joan Nathan is the author of ten cookbooks and a regular contributor to The New York Times and Tablet Magazine. She is the author of the much-acclaimed Jewish Cooking in America, which in 1994 won both the James Beard Award and the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook of the Year Award; as well asThe New American Cooking which also won the James Beard and IACP Awards as best American cookbook published in 2005. Her most recent book is Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France. Her other books include Foods of Israel Today, Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cookbook, The Jewish Holiday Baker, The Children's Jewish Holiday Kitchen, and The Flavor of Jerusalem.

In 2004 Ms. Nathan was the Guest Curator of Food Culture USA, the 2005 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC, based on the research for her book, The New American Cooking.

Ms. Nathan's PBS television series, Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan, was nominated in 2000 for the James Beard Award for Best National Television Food Show. She was also senior producer of Passover: Traditions of Freedom, an award-winning documentary sponsored by Maryland Public Television. Ms. Nathan has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and television programs including the Today show, Good Morning, America, and National Public Radio.

An inductee to the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who in American Food and Beverage, she has also received the Silver Spoon Award from Food Arts magazine. In addition, Ms. Nathan received an honorary degree from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Culture in Chicago and the Golda Award from the American Jewish Congress.

Joan Nathan was born in Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a master's degree in French literature and earned a master's in public administration from Harvard University. For three years she lived in Israel where she worked for Mayor Teddy Kollek of Jerusalem. In 1974, working for Mayor Abraham Beame in New York, she co-founded the Ninth Avenue Food Festival. The mother of three grown children, Ms. Nathan lives in Washington, D.C. and Martha's Vineyard with her husband, attorney Allan Gerson.

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In this book, Joan Nathan manages to combine history, culture, and very good recipes. More than cooking book, Ms. Nathan offers menus for the same holidays from different Jewish backgrounds. Each recipe is complete, fully annotated and easy to follow. For cooks and/or readers looking to enlarge their knowledge of various Jewish food traditions, The Jewish Holiday Kitchen is a wonderful place to start.
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For those readers who have lost their Mother's or Bubba's recipes The Joan Nathen Holiday Kitchen is a Godsend. Mrs. Nathen writes more than recipes. She gives us history and why the items work for the holiday. When you are at your wits end trying to put together a holiday meal this is the cookbook you will reach for over and over again.

I liked the book so much I sent copies to all my kids so they would not be caught without the tools to put out a great Passover meal. There are several recipes just for haroset. The recipe for Homentashen is easy as is the one for rugala. You will find recipes for fish when you don't want meat. Try the challah For those readers who have lost there Mother's or Buba's recipes The Joan Nathen Holiday Kitchen is a Godsend. Mrs. Nathen writes more than recipes. She gives us history and why the items work for the Holiday. When you are at your wits end trying to put together a holiday meal this is the cookbook you will reach for over and over again.

I liked the book so much I sent copies to all my kids so they would not be caught without the tools to put out a great Passover meal. There are several recipes just for haroset. The recipe for Homentashen is easy as is the one for rugala. You will find recipes for fish when you don't want meat. Try the Challa recipe. I love this book!
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I've been using this book since I was a bride 47 years ago. My original copy finally wore out. So I ordered a new one. The recipes are great tasting, well written and easy to follow.

The book is divided by holidays and provides a variety of recipes made in Jewish kitchens throughout the world. In the preface of each chapter, informative text provides insight into the way traditional foods were cooked in different areas of the world.

I still make my grandmother's matzo ball soup, her gefilte fish and her chopped liver. But everything else I serve comes from the favorite recipes I discovered in Joan Nathan's lovely book.
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I now own several of Ms Nathan's cookbooks, and I absolutely recommend them to all my friends and give them to family as gifts.!. All the recipes bring back so many good childhood memories. The recipes are easy to use, easy to read, and I love searching for old recipes and finding them in her book!!! thank you Ms Nathan.
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Fantastic Jewish cookbook. I own several great Jewish cookbooks and this is one of them. I have found dozens of recipes that have become family favorites. The stories that go along with the recipes are just as memorable. I think it has changes some over the years--hopefully not too much--because my 20+ year old copy finally need to be replaced.

We have a bread machine and make fresh challah every Shabbos , but you have to try the 400 year old challah recipe at least once--it is an experience unto itself. And make sure you follow the odd instructions as written.

There are so many wonderful old world recipes that you just won't find in other cookbooks. No matter what else I may gift, I have always included a copy of this cookbook to every Jewish friend who has gotten married (male or female) for as long as I can remember.
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This is a great cookbook, save for one detail. On the front cover is a photograph of a Shabbat table. Several items are readily identifiable, and the book contains recipes for them: a challah, a fish, hamentashen. However, there is one unidentifiable item - a "loaf" of yellow and white matter contained within some sort of green wrapping which looks more like a banana leaf than anything else, topped with three spears of asparagas. This is the mystery loaf - what is it? My friends and I began by looking up recipes with every possible ingredient, and eventually read through THE ENTIRE BOOK in a fruitless search for this unidentified food item. What is it? Please help!!!
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I am giving this book as a gift to a non-Jewish friend. My copy was also given to me as a gift. It should be shared just this way. Love the many different options, including Eastern European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern dishes. Between my mother in law and myself, we have made a majority of these dishes over the course of the High Holidays, and lesser Holidays. Never a disappointment!
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Lots of favorites from my childhood.
Easy to follow recipes.
Lots of choices for everyone - meat eaters and vegetarians.
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