1000 Jewish Recipes has been my longtime favorite. This time, I bought a copy for my sister in law. The recipes are delicious and mostly from scratch---very authentic. Also, there are sections that explain the differences between Sephardic /Middle Eastern traditions and the cooking of the Askenazi Jews from Eastern Europe. Faye Levy explains everything as she goes along, including specific foods for various Jewish holidays. She is a real pro as a cook and no wonder. Levy is a graduate of a famous French cooking.
A valuable resource. I have used it for holidays and for Shabbat dinner, as well as just for interesting cooking options throughout the week. There is just enough narrative at the beginning of recipes to give you some history and some context for the recipe, but not so much that you feel bogged down.
If you want an alternative to the everyday meal, this cookbook will expand you cooking experiences. There is nothing to be afraid of, just follow the recipes and use the right ingredients and you will produce excellent dishes that will amaze even the best of cooks. So get into the kitchen, bang some pots and have fun while learning how to cook new cuisine.
We had been to a friends house who had prepared a dish from this cook book. Since we liked it so much we tried to find another copy. It is great. All or most of the recipes have a letter to signify for Passover, meat, dairy (which is handy for glancing through for something new)Latkes, potato soup, and lentil soup are Great.