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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811831884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811831888
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,372,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jennifer Traig is the author of Crafty Girl: Accessories, Crafty Girl: Beauty, Crafty Girl: Cool Stuff, and Crafty Girl: Fun & Games. She has a Ph.D. from Brandeis that she has yet to put to good use. She lives as a self-styled kosher cowgirl in San Franci

Victoria Traig serves up cool art and hot food as an artist and waitress in Portland, Oregon. She s a Hebrew-school dropout but holds degrees in art from UCLA and the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts.

Dwight Eschliman is a San Francisco-based photographer whose photographs have appeared in A Good Day for Salad (0-8118-1991-4), The Autobiography Box (0-8118-2673-2), and The Cocktail Hour Deck (0-8118-3082-9).

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It is hysterically funny with lots of fun projects & ideas.
Ruthanne Taylor
So gather the mishpocheh, and buy the book, cuz this one is a keeper.
Larry Mark MyJewishBooksDotCom
Don't think these two authors are making fun of anything Jewish!
Kelley Taylor

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Larry Mark MyJewishBooksDotCom on May 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
Christian Americans have had marshmallow fluff and Christmas ornaments. Jews, avoiding graven images, have evaded lots of kitsch (except for chopped liver molds). Sure, maybe you've seen Sesame Street kipahs and Nike swoosh dreidels, but what if Bezalel from the Bible and Martha Stewart mated while reading The Jewish Catalog? Naturally, you would have the Traig sisters of the West Coast. This book is not only fun to read, but it provides the instructions on how to create your own kitsch, like the Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine bottle lamp or the Rastafarian Hey-Mohn-Toschen. Divided into eight parts, there are kitsch projects for everyday, Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Hanukkah (burn baby Burn), Purim, Passover, and Shavuot (milk it. do i make you flemmy, baby?). So get up off your tucches, break your dreidel shaped piñata, grab a slice of Hava Tequila Pie, and buy this book. Highlights include the Neil Sedaka Tzedakah Pushke Box (I used an empty band aids box); the Borscht Belt belt; a black velvet Elvis mizrach for your Eastern wall; the Carmen Miranda fruit filled yarmulke; and votive candles for Jewish patrons (the patron Jew of passive aggressive compliments). Replace wasabi with horseradish and you have Jew-shi sushi. Get a jar of Green olives and make some Poi Vey. Is havdalah havdalah without the Spice girls spice box? Is it true that there is Jewish Time? Then make yourself the Jewish Time Zones clock. The book closes with a Hebonics glossary. So gather the mishpocheh, and buy the book, cuz this one is a keeper.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up because I liked the cover, and ended up laughing so hard in the store I had to buy it. I am half jewish and wasn't raised very religious, but am still able to appreciate the humor and intent of this book. I have showed it to many friends and can't wait to give copies as gofts. Jewish or not, you will get a kick out of the clever crafts and ideas, and you may even learn a little bit about those Jewish traditions and hebrew words you never quite understood! And everyone can use a votice candle for the Patron Jew of Passive Aggressive Compliments!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2002
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I picked this book up on a whim. It looked cute. When I flipped through it, I found myself laughing out loud, sometimes actually tearing up. There are great sight gags and jokes here. When I stopped laughing, I noticed that some of the recipes and instructions are really cool.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kelley Taylor on April 1, 2002
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Never before have I laughed so hard at a craft book. From the Patron Jew Candles, Berry Manilow dessert (yes, it is a tribute to our all time fav Jew) to a "David" quilt with Hasselhoff, Duchovny, Letterman, and Michaelangelo's "The David" transferred onto quilt squares, this tongue-in-cheek book is a treasure and tribute to wonderful kitschy humor! You'll find recipes and crafts for fake chopped liver, a Jewish Princess tiara (complete with Tab and a Princess phone adorned as accents)and so much more. The "Hebonics" dictionary in the back was the finishing touch which turned this "craft" book into a coffee table conversation piece. This shicksa finally found out that "nosh" meant "snack"! Don't think these two authors are making fun of anything Jewish! Their wonderful sense of humor and creativity enlighten even those who aren't Jewish about Judaic culture and tradition. With their twists on kitsch, you will find yourself with perhaps your hands in fake chopped liver and your sides in stitches.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Taxman86 on June 2, 2003
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I laughed, I cried, and I am thankful that some of the creations are not commercially available (yet).
This book tastefully lampoons American Jewish culture. Sure, some people will find it tacky, and this book is not for them. But for the rest of us, this book will provide years of chuckles. I especially liked the challah plate!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Grabinar on March 29, 2005
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I stole my first copy of this wonderful work from my mother-in-law.

Amazon have since supplied me three more, with more on order so we can replenish our Friday night coffee table after our guests leave.

Order a copy now, tuck it inside your haggadah, and you'll be able to stay awake until that song about the goat has finished.

Review Update: I'm in so much trouble. Who would think mother-in-laws read this stuff.
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