Modern Jewish Comfort Food: 100 Fresh Recipes for Classic Dishes from Kugel to Kreplach (Hardcover)

Modern Jewish Comfort Food: 100 Fresh Recipes for Classic Dishes from Kugel to Kreplach By Shannon Sarna Cover Image

Modern Jewish Comfort Food: 100 Fresh Recipes for Classic Dishes from Kugel to Kreplach (Hardcover)

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A satisfying collection of Jewish comfort food with classic dishes and modern variations.


Comfort food varies from person to person, family to family, region to region. As the author of Modern Jewish Baker and editor of The Nosher, Shannon Sarna has always wanted to tell the story of the Jewish people through food and continues to do so here in her latest book. Modern Jewish Comfort Food showcases recipes and variations that have shaped Jewish cuisine from around the world—including immigration waves from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, New York City, and beyond.

Sarna shares many traditional dishes, and then provides exciting variations that will bring heartwarming comfort to the home kitchen. Her Basic Tomato & Pepper Shakshuka is cleverly interpreted into a deep-dish pizza; Classic Potato Latkes invite vegetable-focused variations such as Beet & Carrot and Summer Corn Zucchini; and a multitude of dumplings reflect the range of the Jewish diaspora. Sweets include two kinds of Israeli-Style Yeasted Rugelach, Funfetti Macaroons, and more—ready to complete the holiday dessert table. Modern Jewish Comfort Food will inspire home cooks to connect to Jewish foodways and explore the history of this diverse cuisine.



Shannon Sarna is the author of The Modern Jewish Baker. She is the editor of the popular Jewish food site, The Nosher. Known for her nontraditional challah recipes, Shannon’s work has been featured in Edible Brooklyn, Parade, Modern Loss, and Buzzfeed. She lives in South Orange, New Jersey.
Product Details ISBN: 9781682686980
ISBN-10: 1682686981
Publisher: Countryman Press
Publication Date: August 30th, 2022
Pages: 216
Language: English
Helmed by Modern Jewish Baker author Shannon Sarna, this nostalgia-inducing collection of Jewish comfort food is equal parts smart and stunning. Recipe origins run the gamut from North Africa to New York City, and while there are plenty of classics—latkes, yeasted rugelach, Syrian sambusek, chicken soup, macaroons and more?almost every dish gets a delightful creative twist. You’ll be hooked from the first sentence: Sarna’s narrative is just as encouraging, thorough and warming as the recipes themselves. 

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