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Jewish Cooking Boot Camp: The Modern Girl's Guide to Cooking Like a Jewish Grandmother Paperback – August 18, 2009

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Whatever tribe readers may belong to, they're sure to find a few new favorites (and an auxiliary Jewish grandma) in this terrific collection, which has the feel of a conversation with a caring relative. Authors Marks and Carneiro state up front that they aren't "keeping kosher or following rules" in their compilation of menus, organized by holiday (complete with wine pairings), though they do include a wealth of thoughtful tips for those who prefer to stick by tradition. Yes, brisket, latkes, kugel and flourless Passover Brownies make the mix, but so does a kosher caipirinha (utilizing kosher cachaca). The emphasis is on flavorful home cooking: chicken noodle soup, Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, and a simple ice cream pie will appeal to cooks of any faith. Anecdotes, quirky suggestions (like a list of Chanukah-appropriate hip-hop), and tips for buying and presentation jostle with recipes like a busy, satisfying family dinner, providing new cooks and those intimidated by Jewish cuisine a comforting, familial vibe.
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“…a true boot camp for a new generation of Jewish cooks… Highly recommended as a great primer for Jewish cooking and traditions!” – Library Journal

“Whatever tribe readers may belong to, they're sure to find a few new favorites (and an auxiliary Jewish grandma) in this terrific collection, which has the feel of a conversation with a caring relative…providing new cooks and those intimidated by Jewish cuisine a comforting, familial vibe.” – Publishers Weekly


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Three Forks; 1 edition (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076275088X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762750887
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You take chances when you order a book sight unseen.
That being said, I urge readers to use caution with this book, especially if you are planning to prepare a meal according to Jewish Dietary Laws. Many of the recipes are "kosher style" and mix dairy and meat products in the same recipe, or suggest the pairing of a dairy recipe as a side dish to a meat one.
But the worst offense is the recipe for a crab salad that is meant to be served before the Yom Kippur fast. Come on! The author specifically recommends that you eat a specifically non-kosher food before the holiest day of the year. Yes, I know there is fake crab that can be used. But that is not mentioned as an optionin the recipe. And there is another page that lists what foods are kosher and which are not, but it is not referenced on this page.
If this were a regular cookbook that was not titled as "Jewish", I'd just ignore the recipe. But I question why it had to be included in the first place.
With only 50 recipes in the book, it wasn't a great bargain anyway. I got Denise Phillips' new release in the same package. I highly recommend her book as a far better value and more authentic. Go with "New Flavours of the Jewish Table" if you are looking for a brand-new cookbook.
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I was really disappointed by this book. They suggest serving crab dip for pre-Yom Kippur dinner! Many of the recipes and menus mix meat and dairy. Obviously, not everybody keeps Kosher, but if you're interested in either traditional or modern takes on Jewish recipes, there are lots of cookbooks that would be better choices.
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I received this book the other day and couldn't put it down once I started reading it. I can't wait to begin using these recipes. The authors are very witty and quite relatable. I love all of the little quips about their family members and friends. I highly recommend this book to any Jewish girl in her 20's and 30's. It is such a new, fun spin on old family recipes that should be a staple on everyone's kitchen shelf.
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This is the perfect book for the young Jewish cook. This book is full of great recipes and I loved the personal style it was written in. The authors welcome you into their kitchens with recipes that have been a part of their family for many years. I LOVED the Chocolate Chip Lace cookies. I made them with my toddler, they were very simple and delicious! They would definitely make a great a addition to any Hanukkah Party. I recommend this book for any young 20 or 30 something hosting their first Jewish holiday. This book would also make a great bridal shower gift for a young Jewish bride.
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When I first received a copy of the new book, Jewish Cooking Bootcamp, I was elated. I love Jewish cooking - from the first bite. Jewish cuisine is first and foremost comfort food to me. Whenever we travel, we try to scout out any Jewish restaurants (I still miss the Lincoln Del, from Minneapolis). Our daughter loves potatoes - and first had them in latkes. So this book was a gift, for sure, to a happy cook!

Jewish Cooking Boot Camp: The Modern Girl's Guide to Cooking Like a Jewish Grandmother is an incredible resource - filled with recipes and culture and traditions. Since I've gotten the book, I've cooked many recipes (some more than once). Truly, it is a treasure.
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Not what I hoped for, most of the recipes you can find anywhere, although the format is nice...not worth the price and NOT a book I would pass down, and again A CRAB RECIPE FOR YOM KIPPUR the only traf one in the book BIG mistake..
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By KarenP on November 29, 2009
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I was very surprised to see non-Kosher recipes in a "Jewish" Cookbook. I can't imagine that the proverbial"Jewish Grandmother" would mix meat and dairy, or would serve shellfish before Yom Kippur!
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I think the idea behind this book is really clever and even though a lot of the recipes are in bad taste because they are against the kosher cooking style, I bought it anyway. This book has all of the recipes for dishes you had growing up in a Jewish household. I had to laugh at the Gefilte Fish recipe: 1 (24 oz) jar all-white gefilte fish, Manischewitz or Mother's - Serve with mild horseradish, red or white. Seriously?? What a waste of a page. I think the Yom Kippur Crabmeat Appetizer on page 47 should be eliminated considering on page 62 - the rules of keeping kosher are explained. My own Jewish grandmother was appalled at non-Kosher recipes. Aside from the near-fatal flaws in this book there are enough useful recipes that I have enjoyed or am looking forward to making which is why it is getting 3-stars.
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