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Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook Hardcover – January 7, 2013

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4 Up-A spin-off of Fairy Tale Feasts (Crocodile, 2006), this time featuring 18 Jewish folktales with related kid-friendly recipes. Some of the stories are well known and accessible to a wide audience, such as "The Latke Miracle" and "The Three Skillful Brothers." However, many of them ("The Demon Who Lived in a Tree," "The Pastry That Was Eternally Dirty," and others) are rather sophisticated and complex, dealing with death and the world to come, giving the collection an uneven tone. The book is divided into four sections: brunch, soup, main courses, and desserts. Most of the recipes are traditional Eastern European Jewish foods-potato pancakes, challah, blintzes, chicken soup, matzo balls, bagels, noodle kugel, tzimmes, rugalach, and hamantaschen-but a few surprises have been added, like shakshuka, a popular Israeli breakfast dish, pomegranate couscous, and matzo lasagna. Fun Jewish sayings are sprinkled in, and Shefrin's textured, collage illustrations add flavor and spice. Meticulous source notes for the retellings and detailed marginalia for each recipe are included. As the authors explain in their introduction, stories and recipes both change and evolve, "suiting the needs of the maker and the consumer," and they give readers permission to experiment because "recipes and stories are made more beautiful, more filling, more memorable by what you put in them." While these stories and recipes can be used independent of each other in classroom and library settings, families will want to pore over them, savor them, and enjoy them to the fullest.-Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, ILα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In this companion to Fairy Tale Feasts (2006), mother-daughter collaborators Yolen and Stemple offer stories and recipes reflecting Jewish culinary traditions. The 18 tales (adapted by Yolen) arise from folkloric sources and each reflects the dish with which it is paired (“The Loaves in the Ark” accompanies a recipe for challah, for example). Stemple’s recipes cover traditional fare, arranged by brunch, soup, main courses, and dessert. Each contribution is carefully sourced; Yolen notes story origins as well as changes she made, while Stemple clarifies the holidays and locales where these foods are typically served. Shefrin’s brightly colored mixed-media collages include full-page illustrations for each story and smaller spot art for the recipes. The overall effect is pleasing but not distracting. While some recipes are involved (especially blintzes), Stemple makes the point that this is a cookbook for kids—not a kid’s cookbook—making it most appropriate for families or other groups where adult direction is available. Pair with Jane Breskin Zalben’s Beni’s Family Cookbook for the Jewish Holidays (1996). Grades K-3. --Kay Weisman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Interlink Pub Group (January 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566569095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566569095
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dana S. Whitney on March 29, 2013
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I don't know whether she'll like it, but I think this is the perfect gift for my Jewish daughter-in-law. Her accumulation of Jewish traditions was cut short by the premature death of her mother, so I am hoping this combination of stories, quotes and recipes will enrich her experience. After a safety advisory to make the book user-friendly for the whole family, the Contents page shows that recipes are divided into Brunch, Soup, Main Courses and Dessert categories while linking the stories with the foods. Latkes, Challah, Matzo Brei, Noodle Kugel, cheesecake and more: they're here. The Ms. Shefrin's cut-out collage illustrations make visible the simple "old country" values of the stories and emphasize that these recipes have been around for centuries. Ms. Yolen, scholar that she is, includes Aarne-Thompson tales types and references to other versions of the tales she re-tells. She and Ms. Stemple both admit to adjusting for taste and telling, which I find to be an enlivening attitude: no rigid orthodoxy here!
Finally, they cite an anonymous wit who summed up Jewish history this way: "They tried to kill us. We won. Let's eat." Indeed!
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Beautiful book all around: looks like the recipes are good ones if not excellent (have to try them first to say), the tales are well chosen and well written, and the illustrations are charming. I recommend this book to all Jewish families~ as well as to all families with children.
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This book is fun, and filled with great Hebrew fairy stories that have a lesson attached to each one. The recipes that are included are great in teaching some of the traditional foods for everyday meals and for special meals. I recommend this book and have enjoyed reading and gleaning from it very much.
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The cookbook with a story to explain the meaning for the recipe was on my granddaughters' Hannukah wish list. They are great little cooks and work side be side with my Daughter in the kitchen. They love the stories and enjoy making the related foods.
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I bought this book as a birthday present for my grown daughter. She loved the stories and should be working on some of the recipes soon.
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