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Baby, it’s cold outside …

Cover of Vegetarian Shabbat CookbookSo I’m tempted to heat up the kitchen with some new recipes. Browsing the library’s catalog, I found lots of new cookbooks to inspire me and I hope, my family.

For our resident vegetarian, we have the Vegetarian Shabbat Cookbook by Roberta Kalechofsky & Roberta Schiff.  Worth the price of checking it out for the cholent variations alone! And for the other side of the table, I’ll bring home the Kosher Carnivore by June Hersh. I’m already drooling at the thought of roast duck with cherry port sauce.

In the past couple of years, we’ve seen a wealth of Jewish cookbooks from around the world.  Joan Nathan scours France in search of families’ secret recipes in Quiches, Kugels and Couscous.  In Persian Food from the Non-Persian Bride, Reyna Simnegar explains the herbs, spices and other ingredients of her recipes along with tips on substitutions and short-cuts.

Classic Central Asian Bukarian Jewish Cuisine and CustomsThe Ottoman Turk and the Pretty Jewish Girl is part history, part cookbook and part genealogy of the author’s, Beyhan Cagri Trock’s, family. Each borek recipe looked more enticing than the next.  Similarly, Amnun Kimyagarov explains the many influences that show up in Classic Central Asian (Bukharian) Jewish Cuisine and Customs. I’m not sure how my family would react to tripe, but the pumpkin turnovers should be a hit.

If I want to channel my family’s central/east European heritage, 2 books jump off the shelves at me. The Jewish Mama’s Kitchen by Denise Phillips has all the basics of chicken soup (with a recipe possibly stolen from my mother), matzah balls, roast chicken, kreplach, knishes, and a sprinkling of Israeli staples.  Jewish Mama's KitchenThere are many color pictures and hints and words of wisdom from “mama.”  Feed Me Bubbe : Recipes and Wisdom from America’s Favorite Online  Grandmother / by Avrom Honig and Bubbe has a similar set of recipes (minus the Israeli) but is sprinkled with stories from Bubbe’s life.

And for a calorie-free dessert, I’ll curl up on my couch with On the Chocolate Trail by Deborah Prinz.  Rabbi Prinz takes us on a journey from the New World to the Old and back in the footsteps of Jewish travelers, merchants, and chocolatiers.

Check our catalog for these and many other cookbooks and general “foody” books. And if you can’t find them on the library shelf, look in my kitchen.

What’s cooking?

As promised, a sample of our newest acquisitions.

Goldman, Marcy
A treasury of Jewish holiday baking / Marcy Goldman.
North Vancouver, B.C. : Whitecap Books, c2009.
TX 763 G6.66 2009

Phillips, Denise
The Jewish mama’s kitchen / Denise Phillips.
London : Spruce ; New York : Distributed in the U. S. by Octopus Books USA, 2009.
TX 724 P4.83 2009


We keep most of our cookbooks in a separate cabinet by the lounge marked by a distinctive sign. You can grab one of these & contemplate your High Holy Days cooking aspirations comfortably sinking into the sofa @ the Bookwormhole!


Or you can treat yourself to Alicia Ostricker’s latest collection of poems:

Ostriker, Alicia
The book of seventy / Alicia Suskin Ostriker.
Pittsburgh, Pa.  University of Pittsburgh Press, c2009.
PS 3565 S8.4  B6.6 2009

Less poetic but no less interesting

Kirtzman, Andrew.
Betrayal : the life and lies of Bernie Madoff / Andrew Kirtzman.
New York, NY Harper, c2009.
HV 6692 M3.3  K5.7 2009

And for those of you who invest every free moment in the study of Torah:
Sacks, Jonathan, 1948-
Covenant & conversation, a weekly reading of the Jewish Bible: Genesis, the book of beginnings / Jonathan Sacks.
New Milford, CT: Maggid Books & The Orthodox Union, 2009.
BS 1235 .52 S3.3 2009