The Essential Jewish Cookbook: 100 Easy Recipes for the Modern Jewish Kitchen (Paperback)

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The Essential Jewish Cookbook: 100 Easy Recipes for the Modern Jewish Kitchen (Paperback)


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100 Easy, must-have Jewish recipes for any occasion

Jewish food is steeped in diverse cultural traditions, featuring a wide array of ingredients, flavors, and textures from all over the world. Capture the essence of this one-of-a-kind cuisine with The Essential Jewish Cookbook, filled with easy recipes for classic Jewish dishes made simple and modern.

From Challah French Toast and Classic Potato Latkes to Adafina and Doro Wot, these recipes highlight the breadth and depth of Jewish cuisine from different regions. You'll find tips and tricks for getting the most out of each recipe, from preparing certain steps in advance to swapping ingredients for making dishes kosher.

The Essential Jewish Cookbook includes:
  • A culinary history—Learn more about where these recipes come from with a historical journey through Jewish cuisine, from the Middle East, to Europe, North Africa, the Americas, and beyond.
  • Holiday menus—Discover simple holiday menus that offer a starting place for planning memorable meals and forming your own delicious traditions.
  • Dietary labels—Explore vegetarian, kosher, and gluten-free recipes with labels that make it easy to find dishes that will work for everyone.

From weeknight dinners to holiday feasts, create delectable meals the whole family will love with this traditional Jewish cookbook.
MARCIA FRIEDMAN is the author of Meatballs and Matzah Balls: Recipes and Reflections from a Jewish and Italian Life and serves on the Advisory Council of The Jewish Food Experience. A writer, editor, photographer, and recipe developer, she loves taking storied recipes and making them the best they can be. Visit her at
Product Details ISBN: 9781646117277
ISBN-10: 1646117271
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Publication Date: February 9th, 2021
Pages: 196
Language: English
“Marcia Freidman's The Essential Jewish Cookbook got my attention because of her excellent adaptation of recipes and her concise explanation of how each region's culture and foods influenced Jewish cooking. It is exciting how she connects Jewish food with the history and culture of the Jewish Diaspora through the centuries. Plus, the recipes are terrific and interesting.” —Maxine Rapoport, Cookbook Author

“Marcia takes the reader on a delightfully intuitive and enlightening journey into Jewish food. I am not only ready to start cooking my way through every single chapter but am completely drawn to the fascinating snippets of Jewish and culinary history and the heartwarming insights into the origin of so many traditions we take for granted.” —Lisa Goldberg, Cookbook Author and Chief Pot Stirrer of the Monday Morning Cooking Club

“This cookbook speaks directly to my Jewish heart, bringing me right back to my grandmother’s table. Now, I cook Sunday night dinner with my family and have become a committed, healthy home cook myself. Marcia’s recipes have become part of our weekly tradition that I look forward to sharing on Instagram. This is a cookbook for everyone, from my vegetarian husband to the home cook looking to explore Jewish culture and cuisine. Marcia has captured the essence of Jewish traditions, making them approachable and friendly for anyone who loves to cook. It’s a book you’ll return to again and again.” —Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Member of Congress, @cleancookingcongresswoman