Entree to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora

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What we eat says so much about who we are and from where we come. Do you like your matzah brie sweet or savory? Is your chicken soup matzah ball or mulligatawny? Does your menu feature a cheese torta or a tofu salad? Wherever Jews have settled, they have adapted local tastes and ingredients to meet the needs of Shabbat and kashrut, creating a rich and diverse menu of flavors and styles, all still Jewish. In Entrée to Judaism, Tina Wasserman leads a culinary journey around the world and across the ages, from Spain...
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What we eat says so much about who we are and from where we come. Do you like your matzah brie sweet or savory? Is your chicken soup matzah ball or mulligatawny? Does your menu feature a cheese torta or a tofu salad? Wherever Jews have settled, they have adapted local tastes and ingredients to meet the needs of Shabbat and kashrut, creating a rich and diverse menu of flavors and styles, all still Jewish. In Entrée to Judaism, Tina Wasserman leads a culinary journey around the world and across the ages, from Spain to India, from Russia to Tunisia, sharing the histories and recipes of the great Diaspora communities and the many wonderful ways they have told their stories through food.
• Accessible, easy-to-follow recipes for the novice home cook and expert chef alike.
• Features "Tina's Tidbits," fun facts and great cooking tips for every recipe.
• Includes over 275 recipes and dozens of full-color photos
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807411100
  • Publisher: URJ Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 345,643
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Love this cookbook!

    Wonderful selection of recipes, excellent cooking tips, nice pictures. It was a wonderful addition to my collectin of Jewish cookbooks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2011

    The tidbits alone at every recipe are worth buying the book

    Everyone told me the same thing...they read the book's history and stories before they even began to cook and then when they cooked they were thrilled to have the helpful cooking tips at the end of each recipe. For novice to know-it-all, a book to own and enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    Talk about timing

    I just happened to be driving out of Arlington on a Sunday, searching for an NPR station, when I caught the KERA station and the interview with Tina. Her stories were so fascinating and interesting. I thought to myself that if she put half that effort into this book she's promoting, it must be really good!

    If it weren't for being in the situation I was on that day, at that time, I would never have known about this book. And I wouldn't have thought "I know just the person for this book!"

    He still raves, and I think the most poignant comment he made was "This is the fist cookbook I've ever had that I know every single recipe is Kosher." And yet different.

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  • Posted December 20, 2009

    ENTREE TO JUDAISM: A FASCINATING READ FOR COOKS AND CULINARY HISTORY BUFFS OF ALL ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS...SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A GREAT COOKBOOK

    IN THIS BOOK MS WASSERMAN HAS CAPTURED THE ESSENCE AND THE SPIRIT OF SURVIVAL OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE THROUGH THEIR ADAPTIVITY. AS POGROMS AND PERSECUTION, FLOODS AND FAMINES CAUSED THEM TO RELOCATE TO FOREIGN LANDS THEY TOOK THEIR CULINARY KNOWLEDGE AND TRAITS WITH THEM. WHAT I FIND MOST AMAZING IS THE HISTORY OF HOW THEY CHANGED THEIR EATING HABITS BASED ON THEIR ENVIRONS WITHOUT SACRIFICING THEIR DIETARY LAWS AND CUSTOMS. MS WASSERMAN HAS TOLD THIS STORY IN A MOST INFORMATIVE, ENTERTAINING AND PRACTICAL BOOK. IT IS BOTH A GOOD READ AND AN EXCELLENT COOKBOOK. THE BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY IS ONLY SURPASSED BY HER WISDOM, WARMTH AND BOUNDLESS KNOWLEDGE OF HER SUBJECT. I CAN'T WAIT FOR HER NEXT BOOK!

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  • Posted December 7, 2009

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    Interesting Recipes and Stories Behind Them!

    Not only does this book have interesting recipes but the history behind each recipe is just as enlighting. Tina has found a wonderful balance betweeen discovering why certain foods were made the way they were and educating us about the history behind the ingredients and the people that created these recipes. She fills the book with personal stories that make it come alive.

    I especially love "Tina's Tidbits" which are helpful to the novice cook as well as the seasoned chef. I enjoyed "reading" this cookbook before I ever began to create any of the recipes.

    The Passover granola is one of my favorites!!

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  • Posted December 7, 2009

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    Not just another Jewish Cookbook--but so much more!

    This book is a wonderful compilation of recipes from across the world. Instead of focusing on gefilte fish and matzah ball soup (those are still in there), Tina's book has opened my eyes to be wonderful culianary breadth of traditional Jewish cooking across the world. Diners of all faiths will enjoy these recipes any time of the year as well as on holidays!

    Her writing style is clear, concise, and easy to follow for cooks of any skill level. Her recipes come out perfectly every time!

    I HIGHLY reccomend this book for anyone who likes to be adventurous with their food and is looking for great "traditional" recipes and for recipes that will quickly become their family's new "traditional" dish.

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