Jewish Festival Cooking
Phyllis Glazer & Miriyam Glazer
HarperCollins, 2004 (2004)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
ewish Festival Cooking
is not only a cookbook crammed with recipes for traditional dishes, but it's also a primer for the religious occasions that produced these holidays - festivities that have been observed for hundreds and hundreds of years.
oasted Vegetables in Olive Oil and Spring Herbs
Cream of Root Vegetable Soup
Roasted Chicken with Two Potatoes, Garlic and Rosemary
- and how about
Fudgy Passover Brownies
to finish - makes a menu for a Passover meal.
Red Lentil Hummus with Olive Oil
Yehiel's Famous Kabob
Cheese in the Fire
might be a meal for the Omer. Along with the mouth-watering recipes is a brief history of the origin of each festival: Passover, Omer, Shavuot, Tu b' Av, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, and Tu b'Shvat. I am not Jewish but could not help but be caught up in the Haggadah – the '
' – of the history of Judaism and the foods that go with those accounts. Haggadot are sprinkled through the wonderful cookbook, as are biblical sayings pertinent to the stories or the foods.
ou also do not have to be Jewish to cook, eat and appreciate the dishes suggested by the authors. Phyllis Glazer is an American-born food journalist and author of several cookbooks that have been published in Hebrew, German and Italian. Miriyam Glazer is a professor of literature at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and is studying for the rabbinate. Surely, both sisters are experts in their fields. There are no pictures in this lovely book, but it comes with complete menu suggestions in the back – of course, using the recipes presented. Each recipe is marked with an M for meat or a D for dairy and a P for pareve. There are too many wonderful sounding recipes to highlight. Well, maybe just a few ...
Ida's Classic Cheese Blintzes
sound marvelous. How about
Roasted Eggplant and Pomegranate Seed Salad
Cranberry Apple Crumb Pie
(who can resist the bite of cranberry with the sweetness of apple and pastry?) Or
Chicken and Red Grapes with Honey-Mustard Viniagrette
could go on. But you get the idea. I intend to try some of these dishes. Won't tell you which ones. Decide on your own what would appeal to you and your family. But each recipe seems better than the last, and
Jewish Festival Cooking
in your cookbook library.
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