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Jewish Holidays Cookbook Spiral-bound – September 15, 2008

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Grade 4–8—More than 40 recipes are included for celebrations from Shabbat to Lag B'Omer. Several introductions explain cooking tools, kitchen safety, and the general principles of keeping kosher, and brief background information is given for each holiday. Simple step-by-step instructions make the recipes easy, and some include shortcuts such as using store-bought dough. Each one makes clear whether the food is meat, dairy, or pareve (neither), and sidebars offer variants and cooking tips. For example, the recipe for "Chicken Noodle Soup" calls for butter or margarine, and suggests vegetable oil or olive oil as alternatives. Most of the recipes are traditional, including both Ashkenazic and Sephardic dishes, but there are a few creative twists such as "Savory Cheese Sofganiyot" (doughnuts) for Hanukkah instead of the usual jelly filling. Beautiful color photographs, both full page and spot, whet the appetite. While readers will garner only a superficial understanding of the holidays from this book, they will gain a great appreciation for Jewish flavors.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 9
  • Spiral-bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children; Spi edition (September 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075664089X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756640897
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Growing up in Buffalo, New York, Jill was an extremely picky eater. Many factors contributed to her finicky approach to eating. She barely ate any meat (after being tricked into eating ground bear meat as a six year old by her grandmother) and she didn't even try rice until she was twenty years old (as her Vietnam veteran father had an aversion to it). Young Jill made up her mind to eat only foods that were simple and familiar. She avoided trying anything new, and this habit stuck.

As an adult in the corporate world and attending business lunches, Jill often found herself eyeing the children's menu because of her pickiness and limited palate. Seeing other people enjoy food she never even tried, Jill realized that expanding her food horizons beyond grilled cheese and pizza was a good idea. So, she learned to cook.

So excited by new foods, Jill formed Picky Eaters, a company which gave cooking instruction to children in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Quickly growing a large clientele, Jill became part owner of a cooking school and gave countless classes for social, school and scout groups. Jill also shared her knowledge and passion for food with adults as through cooking classes.

A natural born teacher, whether teaching cooking or middle school and high school English, as she did for many years, Jill's special talent is breaking complex ideas into fundamentals that can be easily understood and practiced until mastered. At the school where Jill taught for six years, she introduced the course Jewish Culture Through Cooking, which became the beginnings of her first cookbook, The Jewish Holidays Cookbook (DK, 2008). Additionally, Jill provided consulting on Grow It, Cook It (DK, 2008) and wrote the foreword to the book. Jill has also designed and taught countless children's cooking classes for private cooking schools, public school districts, and major corporations. Jill is an experienced spokesperson and presenter, and has cooked on demonstration stages at large public events.

Jill is also the editor of a print magazine about food for children ages 6-12 called Ingredient. Learn more at www.ingredientmag.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Timmons on October 14, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
This is a great book! I made the recipes for Raspberry Ponchik and Pumpkin Soup with my four year old daughter. She was able to help make both recipes and enjoyed eating the end results! We are looking forward to making the Honey Lemon Cake soon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Frank on October 15, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
I stumbled upon this book while searching online for user-friendly holiday recipes I could make with my niece. Boy am I glad that I found this gem! The beautiful pictures make the book easy to follow and fun. It is a great collection of key holiday recipes that are easy to make and the ones I have tried so far taste great too. The mini kugels were a hit, and I've already made the chicken soup twice! I'm particularly excited about the mandel bread because it's hard to find a recipe for this treat that doesn't contain unhealthy shortening. It is better for you and just as delicious! My holiday shopping is done; I know what I'll be giving family and friends for Hanukkah this year!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Richards on April 9, 2009
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If you are are looking for a Jewish recipe cookbook aimed at celebrating the Jewish holidays, this is perfect. The book has a beautiful layout, accurate information of the history of the holiday and Jewish definitions pertaining to the certain foods etc. The pictures and illustrations are great. The directions are simple enough for a young child to do with adult supervision or an older child to follow and prepare on their own. For a beginner cook or baker, this book would be perfect!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 26, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
Our entire family loves to cook, and consequently we collect cookbooks. This is one of the best children's cookbooks we have ever come across.

Everything about this cookbook is first rate. The recipes are presented in sections that follow the Jewish holiday cycle, and each has simple, explicit instructions that guide your child through the food preparation. Every recipe we have tried has turned out just as deliciously as the luscious accompanying photographs promise. The spiral bound format makes it easy to use in the kitchen.

A nice feature of this cookbook is that it includes both Ashkenazic and Sephardic fare for each holiday. My son made the Mina (a Sephardic meat pie that resembles moussaka, but uses matzo for the layers) and Date Charoset for Passover and they were the hit of the Seder.

This is the perfect gift for any Jewish child. If they already like to cook it will inspire them and expand their repertoire (and yours, too). If they don't, just looking at this book will make them want to run down to the kitchen, tie on an apron, and fire up the oven!

Great job Ms. Bloomfield and DK!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie Stein Makowsky on September 25, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
As a Jewish Educator I find this a perfect resource for families to interact and experience Jewish ritual and learning together in their homes. The comments by Rabbi Ozur Bass and the easy to follow recipes are exciting and tasty. There are food from traditions that I have never had an opportunity to taste and I can't wait to get m y hands dirty with my own two children to try out the recipe. Even my teenage daughter who hates to cook can't wait to get started in the kitchen. I plan to buy this book for every friend and relative and to share it with all the families in my school!! Yashir Koach Jill and Janet!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Widgren on October 15, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
Jewish Holidays Cookbook
Boy am I excited about this cookbook. Our family consists of members of the Jewish faith, as well as the Christian faith, so I have grandchildren that are as often as possible introduced to both sets of traditions. This book makes this so simple, easy and fun. This is definitely on the gift list for Hanukkah for the grandchildren and their families. On a personal note I love it - the graphics are striking and everyone I showed it to at work was very impressed. The recipes are explained so you can easily understand them and I love the overall friendliness of the way it is presented. I felt like I was going into the kitchen to cook with a friend. Keep more things like this coming.

Judi in Willoughby, OH
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