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The Secret of Challah Hardcover – April 20, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-9659077922 ISBN-10: 9659077920

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Judaica Pr (April 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9659077920
  • ISBN-13: 978-9659077922
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shira (Berenson) Weiner has a degree in Educational Systems and Technology from Tel Hay College. She works as chief counselor or women s midrashah in the Ramat Aviv suburb of Tel Aviv. She is the mother of two girls. Ayelet (Berenson) Yifrach has a degree in Art Direction and Graphical Design from Emunah College. She designs books, magazines and Internet sites. She is the mother of three girls.

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My all time favorite cookbook for challah recipes!
Dietitian
The book is extraordinary in the way the authors combine the spiritual with the practical, elevating challah baking to a "divine experience".
SSSknits
There are dozens of clear and easy to follow recipes. and its a very pleasant read.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on April 20, 2008
First the good news:
The information in this book is excellent. The author does a good job describing the cultural and religious importance of challah along with various rituals, customs, and prayers associated with the bread. This information is worth the price of the book if you really want to learn a lot about the importance and uses of challah.

Bad News:
The recipes are not reliable. First, 15 cups of whole wheat flour with out any added white flour (for the Whole Wheat Challah recipe) does not yield a 'light, airy' challah. Other recipes only call for 1 hour and 40 minutes TOTAL rising time (between the first and second rises). Generally bread that rises that fast has a rather insipid taste. Furthermore, for bakers interested in accurate, consitent results, it would have been helpful for the author to include the weight of the ingredients instead of just the volume. There is a lot of room for inaccurate results when you are measuring out 15 cups of flour.

Summary:
Good info, bad recipes. Maggie Glezer's a Blessing of Bread has many reliable, delicious challah recipes for novice and advanced bakers alike. If you are new to challah-making (or bread-making in general), it would be a good idea to invest in a book with more reliable recipes so you can experience success in the kitchen.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jerusalemgal on May 1, 2008
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I love this book! The book has a wealth of information, a lovely format, and the recipes are wonderful. Among the information it contains are the laws and reasons for separating challah (as well as extra traditional blessings), a section on braiding challah and various traditional (and some not so common) shapes and the reasons behind them, etc. etc. etc. I've tried several different ones to rave reviews from family and friends. I have the original Hebrew version, but have given the English version as gifts for brides, friends, etc. I warmly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Robles on March 6, 2014
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I love this book. I love that it talks about everything having to do with the mitzvah of baking challah from its roots to the brachot to the techniques. I love the different recipe options, the colorful photos, the guides on how to make different shapes. My girls love using this book as well b/c of all the varieties to choose from. We try different recipes and see which ones are preferred by family and friends. I will be purchasing one for my daughter who is getting married. Every woman should try to fulfill the mitzvah of baking challah at some point and this book gives helpful hints at how to make it work. Baking challah is such a fulfilling mitzvah and this book is really inspirational.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stacy J. Kaplan on July 1, 2008
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This book is an excellent resource for those who want to learn more about the mitzvah of making challah. The layout and content are easy to follow. The recipes are diverse in terms of sweet and fluffy vs. dense and healthy. The book is useful for new challah bakers as well as those more seasoned.
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By JKS on July 10, 2014
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Bought for a gift was a big hot
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Great book!

In a very clear and uncomplicated manner, the authors present the background to Challah baking, its laws and the separating of priestly gifts. There are dozens of clear and easy to follow recipes. and its a very pleasant read.

Priced reasonably too.
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