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Jewish Traditional Cooking authors Ruth Joseph and Simon Round offer their nostalgic takes on dishes not just for Passover but for every occasion. But they also suggest some new contemporary temptations. The cookbook (Kyle Books, $29.95) also addresses some of the realities families share at the holiday table. Consider the Foragers' Pie. It's a dish that may well suit vegetarians as a main course for Passover, the authors suggest. Indeed, the traditional brisket may no longer be welcome at some tables serving those who've changed to a plant-based diet. Their recipes don't stop there. Joseph and Round do a lovely job with a recipe for choux pastry-style rolls as a change from matzos. Cinnamon Macaroons with almonds offer a nice option for a crisp, yet light dessert. Because after all the food that passes on the Passover table, even flourless chocolate cake can be too much. (Gail Ciampa The Providence Journal, March 13, 2013)

In their new book, Ruth Joseph and Simon Round are lightening up nostalgic and modern recipes for Passover and beyond. (Alysha Witwicki Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 19, 2013)

Ruth Joseph and Simon Round wrote "Jewish Traditional Cooking" as an ode to the role of food in Jewish culture. But while steeped in tradition, Jewish cuisine also has changed through the years, reflecting the dispersion that has scattered Jews all around the world. New spices and flavors have been added over time. Ms. Joseph and Mr. Round aim to reflect both the traditional and the innovative in their book. (Rebecca Sodergren Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 21, 2013)

With her extensive collection of family recipes and knowledge of international Jewish cuisine, Ruth Joseph creates both traditional and innovative dishes for every holiday, be it Passover or Purim. Ruth’s passion for delicious home cooking shines through on every page as she tempts her readers to try, taste and enjoy. Even if you are familiar with kosher cooking, "Jewish Traditional Cooking: Over 150 Nostalgic and Contemporary Recipes" will enrich your appreciation of the religious aspects of Jewish cooking and help to demystify dietary restrictions. (Zester Daily, 3/14/2013)

Ruth Joseph’s purpose in writing Jewish Traditional Cooking is to present the reader with nostalgic recipes which will remind him/her of the balebosta (super homemaker) in the family. . . . Both Ashkenazi and Sephardi recipes are included. An interesting feature of each recipe is a sidebar which gives a brief history of the dish or the main ingredient. Some of the recipes are tasty[.] . . . The full-page color photographs of the food are beautiful and appetizing. A one-page glossary of Yiddish terms is helpful for the nontraditional reader and an index helps the cook find specific recipes. There is a separate chapter for Passover recipes and pickles and preserves. Recommended[.] (Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews)

With their "150 nostalgic and contemporary recipes," food writers Ruth Joseph and Simon Round lovingly take us back and forward in time with recipes created by generations of Ashkenazic and Sephardic mothers. Chapters cover soups, vegetables, fish, poultry, desserts, bread, Passover, and pickles and preserves. Recipes include fascinating tidbits about the origins of the ingredients. So, along with classic recipes like Haimishe Potato Soup, we get Jewish Penicillin Vietnamese Style; with Corned Beef with Knaidlach, we also get Sweet Potato Tortilla with Salami. Passover recipes include Herby Gnocchi in Mushroom Sauce, and Spinach and Cheesy Leek Roulade. (Judith Sokoloff Na'amat Woman)

I love Jewish Traditional Cooking - it is jammed packed with recipes for typical Jewish standards as well as some surprises. There are recipes for challah, bagels (thank goodness), pretzels, pitas and a few others... (Jenny Hartin Mad Rantings of Andrew's Mom, 9/15/2014)

About the Author

Ruth Joseph and Simon Round are both writers for the Jewish Chronicle in London, England.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Books; Reprint edition (March 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906868883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906868888
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.9 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #967,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I spent my summers in a New York neighborhood where much of the cooking was done by some wonderful Jewish families. Many of these recipes remind me of the dishes I used to eat and still keep recipes for. I wish there were more in here that had the noodles I remember. That is a disappointment. There are only 3 dishes in here with noodles.

The book contains; appetizers, soups, fish, meat, poultry, vegetables, desserts, cakes and baking, bread, Passover, and pickles & preserves. Many dishes have nice photos, although for some, especially desserts like stuffed monkeys and Mandelbrot - photos should have been included.
Other recipes are very good: simple directions for pickling your own corned beef, p'tcha made with chicken instead of calves feet. We also enjoyed carrot and honey tzimmes and lamb goulash.

The book also contains a good introduction to Jewish cooking and thoughts on Jewish food. There is a key for each recipe: neutral, milk/dairy and meaty. The religious aspect of the food is covered as well as each dish having a short introduction.

This would be a nice cookbook to add to a collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sabasworldfamous on November 5, 2013
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Loved the Challah recipes. It features many recipes I have been looking for and now have between 2 covers. Cool.
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