At Oma's Table: More than 100 Recipes and Remembrances from a Jewish Family's Kitchen [NOOK Book]


An intimate collection of Jewish family recipes spanning three generations.

Unlike many in her generation, Doris Schechter was lucky enough to grow up knowing one of her grandparents. Polish by birth, Leah Goldstein-or Oma, as Doris called her-was a capable, nononsense woman and an amazing cook. Through times of great upheaval, fleeing Vienna for Italy, before eventually ...
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An intimate collection of Jewish family recipes spanning three generations.

Unlike many in her generation, Doris Schechter was lucky enough to grow up knowing one of her grandparents. Polish by birth, Leah Goldstein-or Oma, as Doris called her-was a capable, nononsense woman and an amazing cook. Through times of great upheaval, fleeing Vienna for Italy, before eventually coming to America, Oma's table was always plentiful, with delicious home-cooked meals that brought together Viennese, Italian, and American flavors.

Now a successful restaurateur, Doris Schechter pays homage to her brave grandmother and the food traditions she fostered with this moving and appealing collection of recipes and remembrances. With dishes including classic favorites (matzo balls, tzimmes, borscht, and a beloved spread known as liptauer) as well as more contemporary dishes, desserts, and tasting menus, At Oma's Table is a book to savor, to share with family, and to cook from-one delicious family meal at a time.
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Ostensibly a Jewish family cookbook, Schechter's loving ode to her family, in particular her grandmother, achieves more than that, compiling in food and family lore a shining portrait of what it means to be an American. After fleeing Vienna for small-town Italy during the height of WWII, Grandma Schechter's family made the trip to America by troop ship, dodging Nazi planes and submarines along the way. Each stop in her family's pilgrimage influences the dishes Schechter offers in this nostalgic collection: traditional Jewish fare such as cholent (a beef and bean stew) rests comfortably next to a classic Italian pepper ragout, Backhendl (a Viennese take on fried chicken) and a turkey pot pie culled from Thanksgiving leftovers. Though her grandmother never wrote down a recipe in her life, Schechter dutifully recreates her most memorable dishes, ranging from Liptauer, a savory cheese spread so beloved it's offered in four variations, to hearty classics like Beef Goulash with Carrots and Potatoes, Brisket and Stuffed Cabbage. Supplemented throughout with vivid anecdotes of the family's pilgrimage and resettlement, this is a warm account of one family's journey to America and how food kept them close long after their arrival. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101215609
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 667,097
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Doris Schechter runs My Most Favorite Dessert Company, which she first opened in 1982 as a dessert-catering firm and which is now a top kosher restaurant. A grandmother of sixteen, she lives in New York City with her husband.
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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    A must-have for kosher kitchens and fans of Jewish desserts

    Doris Schecter's At Oma's Table is part memoir, part cookbook. It begins with her early memories of life in Vienna, then as a refugee in Italy and later the United States. Filled with vintage photographs of the author and her family, the introduction would have made a fascinating full-length biography. <BR/><BR/>Doris tells of her early years spent in Italy (Hitler's army entered Vienna shortly after she was born in 1938) as a "free prisoner." In July 1944, Doris and her family were invited as refugees to Oswego, New York; she chronicles the perilous ocean crossing in several tense paragraphs ("thirty Nazi planes flew over us, and we were continually hunted by Nazi U-boats and submarines"). However, life in the United States was equally difficult in some ways ("We arrived in America on August 3, 1944. On the very same day we were saved, Anne Frank was betrayed in Amsterdam"); her beloved father died of spinal meningitis shortly after arriving in New York. Doris, her baby sister and her mother at first crowded together in their Aunt Ciel's home, along with Oma Leah (her grandmother), who had recently arrived from Belgium after surviving the war in hiding. They later purchased a larger house and Doris grew up surrounded by the freedoms and comforts of American life, going on to raise five children of her own. <BR/><BR/>Her grandmother led a truly difficult life; her husband, son, and daughter all died in concentration camps. Before the war, Leah was a successful businesswoman. In her new American home, she was in charge of the daily grocery shopping and meal preparation. Bearing and respect were everything to her. She did not talk about the war. <BR/>Nothing was wasted (and she never allowed junk food or sodas in the house). <BR/><BR/>Doris owns the restaurant My Most Favorite Food in Manhattan, and she puts her expertise to use in this collection of traditional Jewish comfort food with a Viennese/Italian twist. You have your classic cholent (slow-simmered stew traditional served on the Sabbath), tzimmes, matzo soup, kasha, challah, chopped liver, and gefilte fish, but you also have Viennese-style recipes such as fleishlabel (chopped meat patties), wiener schnitzel, backhendl (Viennese-style fried chicken), four separate recipes for Liptauer (a Hungarian cheese and anchovy spread), sweet-and-sour tomato cabbage soup, and red cabbage with apples. Doris's early years in Italy surface in recipes such as a vegetable frittata and risi bisi (rice and peas). There are also nods to American cuisine, such as corn bread, cole slaw, stuffed peppers, and turkey recipes (roast turkey with apple, almond, and raisin stuffing and turkey pot pie).If you are, like myself, vegetarian, there are numerous wonderful vegetable and side dishes such as pepper ragout, potato pancakes, several whole-grain pilafs, and numerous green salads (cinnamon-scented green salad, green salad with ginger dressing) and veggie salads (tomato, red onion, cucumber, and parsley salad, endive and red and golden beet salad, green bean and red onion salad, pea salad). <BR/><BR/>The dessert section also deserves special mention. Doris's selection doesn't disappoint, with a fine variety of fruit tarts (Italian plum, apricot and chocolate), a Viennese hazelnut torte, crepes, butter hornscheesecake, and several bundt cakes (apple, chocolate streusel), the perfect sweet ending to your meal, Sabbath or otherwise.

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