Marla Brooks is a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer whose love of old-fashioned comfort food was encouraged by growing up in the family that ran Slobod's Delicatessen in Philadelphia in the '30s and '40s. The recipes in the book are her way of handing down family memories to future generations. "There's probably not a person alive who doesn't salivate at the recollection of a favorite childhood meal. Family recipes handed down from generation to generation change very little in the process, because we savor those childhood memories."
How to Cook Like a Jewish Grandmotherby Marla Brooks
Old World recipes, where delicious flavor is the goal and a dollop of love is the most important ingredient. This cookbook contains no calorie counts, carbohydrate statistics, or other nutritional guidelines. Wholly dedicated to good old-fashioned taste, these family recipes-many from the author's grandparentsï¿½ delicatessen-include everything
Old World recipes, where delicious flavor is the goal and a dollop of love is the most important ingredient. This cookbook contains no calorie counts, carbohydrate statistics, or other nutritional guidelines. Wholly dedicated to good old-fashioned taste, these family recipes-many from the author's grandparentsï¿½ delicatessen-include everything from knishes to blintzes, with some borscht and kugel thrown in. There are also recipes from celebrities such as Richard Simmons and Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and crowd-pleasers like brisket, chicken wings, and much more.
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I heard the author being interviewed on a radio show, then went out and bought the book and am so happy I did. The recipes are easy to prepare, use simple ingredients, are pretty much fooolproof and very tasty. I'm particularly fond of the cold beet borscht which makes a great summer meal and takes about 5 minutes to prepare. With over 200 recipes to choose from starting with appetizers and ending with desserts, the wide variery of choices makes it easy to menu plan a full meal in a matter of minutes. In addition to the food, I also enjoyed the introduction, the vintage family photos and the beginning of each chapter, where the author offers some interesting and often amusing rememberances of growing up with a Jewish grandmother. It almost made me feel like I was part of the family.
You do not need to be a grandmother or Jewish to cook like you. This book shares the love the author had for her grandmother, which is filled with delicious recipes for any occasion. Marla Brooks is an Los Angeles-based entertainment writer. Her family ran Slobod¿s Delicatessen in Philadelphia in the 30's and 40's. She grew up eating fantastic food, and decided to share these wonderful recipes. Throughout this nice book, there are photos of her family. These photos help show readers how much Brooks' family and heritage meant to her. The recipes are not difficult at all, so you do not need to be an expert to enoy this book. And if you are, you may enjoy the comfort of having home cooking as opposed to gourmet meals. As you may wonder, there are some terminologies that a lot of people would be unfamiliar with. Brooks includes an index to explain Jewsih words and terms. Some of the tasty recipes included in this book are: Grandma's Hot Beef Borscht, Passover Potato Latkes, Yummy Lentil Soup, and Grandma's Old-Fashioned Gefilte Fish. Also, due to Brooks' profession, she managed to obtain recipes from other Jewish entertainers, such as Richard Simmons and Dr. Ruth Westheimer. The book is broker down into the following chapters: Breakfast / Brunch Appetizers Soups and Stews Salads Sandwiches Entrees Vegetables and Side Dishes Desserts Holiday Dishes Glossary and more. For regular meals or parties, surprise your family and friends and whip up some meals from this book. It will take you back in time and bring back the feeling of comfort!
Most of the recipes included in this book are deceptively easy to prepare and simply delicious. It's the kind of book that will make you hungry just reading thorough it. I also enjoyed the running commentary throughout, making it a story book as well as a cookbook and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and trying out the recipes, many of which are the same ones I grew up on. It brought back lots of delicious memories.
I'm a guy who loves to cook, and what the book says about not having to be a grandmother or Jewish to cook like one is right. This book is not only about really good recipes (my favorites are the deli sandwiches) but its also a good read with warm, lighthearted introduction pages before each section and comments about each recipe. It's a lot more personalized than most of the cookbooks I've seen and I think that's what makes it stand out. The author has a great sense of humor and there were times I laughed out loud reading through it. I highly recommend this book. Almost makes me wish I was raised by up by a Jewish grandmother.
This cookbook is chock full of Old World recipes where delicious flavor is the goal and a dollop of love is the main ingredient. It contains no calorie counts, carbohydrate statistics or other nutritional guidelines. The book is wholly dedicted to good old-fashioned taste. You don't have to be Jewish to cook like a Jewish grandmother, nor do you have to be Jewish to enjoy the recipes offered in the book. It's about comfort food and plenty of it.