Jewish Cooking Boot Camp: The Modern Girl's Guide to Cooking Like a Jewish Grandmother

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Straight from the kitchen of a fun, fabulous Jewish mom and her daughter, Jewish Cooking Boot Camp is a guide to whipping up traditional favorites for a new generation. Handed down over the decades, these recipes and tips will take even the most kitchen-challenged gal (or guy) confidently through the Jewish holidays and other important occasions (such as inviting a significant other’s mother for dinner!). Setting out from basic training, it goes on to cover Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Yom Kippur, Passover, ...

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Overview

Straight from the kitchen of a fun, fabulous Jewish mom and her daughter, Jewish Cooking Boot Camp is a guide to whipping up traditional favorites for a new generation. Handed down over the decades, these recipes and tips will take even the most kitchen-challenged gal (or guy) confidently through the Jewish holidays and other important occasions (such as inviting a significant other’s mother for dinner!). Setting out from basic training, it goes on to cover Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Yom Kippur, Passover, and other holidays, and includes special chapters on take-along foods and comfort foods.
 
In addition to more than fifty traditional (and nontraditional) recipes, Roz and Andrea provide expert tips from Jewish bartenders, DJs, nutritionists, and party planners; interviews with rabbis about
creating modern family traditions; inspirational traditions from Jewish families around the globe; and kosher wine pairings. Jewish Cooking Boot Camp takes every last ounce of intimidation out of Jewish cooking while serving up a hearty helping of family, culture, and other flavors to savor.

 
Among the 50+ easy-to-make recipes:
Onion Noodle Kugel  |  Edith’s Red Wine Brisket  |  Spinach Cheese Squares
Blintz Soufflé  |  Honey Cake  |  The Best Flourless Latkes You Have Ever Had
Aunt Frieda’s Passover Nut Cake

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Editorial Reviews

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“…a true boot camp for a new generation of Jewish cooks… Highly recommended as a great primer for Jewish cooking and traditions!” – Library Journal“Whatever tribe readers may belong to, they’re sure to find a few new favorites (and an auxiliary Jewish grandma) in this terrific collection, which has the feel of a conversation with a caring relative…providing new cooks and those intimidated by Jewish cuisine a comforting, familial vibe.” – Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly
Whatever tribe readers may belong to, they're sure to find a few new favorites (and an auxiliary Jewish grandma) in this terrific collection, which has the feel of a conversation with a caring relative. Authors Marks and Carneiro state up front that they aren't "keeping kosher or following rules" in their compilation of menus, organized by holiday (complete with wine pairings), though they do include a wealth of thoughtful tips for those who prefer to stick by tradition. Yes, brisket, latkes, kugel and flourless Passover Brownies make the mix, but so does a kosher caipirinha (utilizing kosher cachaca). The emphasis is on flavorful home cooking: chicken noodle soup, Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, and a simple ice cream pie will appeal to cooks of any faith. Anecdotes, quirky suggestions (like a list of Chanukah-appropriate hip-hop), and tips for buying and presentation jostle with recipes like a busy, satisfying family dinner, providing new cooks and those intimidated by Jewish cuisine a comforting, familial vibe.
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Library Journal
Marks, who studied cooking from her Russian immigrant mother and grandmother, and freelance writer Carneiro provide a true boot camp for a new generation of Jewish cooks: over 50 easy-to-follow recipes for such classic dishes as Honey Cake, Rugelach, and Matzo Balls, background on Jewish holidays putting food and tradition into context, interviews with rabbis about creating modern traditions, and tips from Jewish bartenders and party planners. Wine selection (kosher and nonkosher) by Michael Bittell (Sunset Corners Fine Wines & Spirits, FL) is a plus. Highly recommended as a great primer for Jewish cooking and traditions!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762750887
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/18/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 540,375
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Marks Carneiro is a freelance writer who has contributed to Daily Candy, Modern Bride, and other national and regional media.

Roz Marks, a former schoolteacher and real-estate professional, studied Old World cooking and baking under the tutelage of her mother and grandmother, who both emigrated from Russia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2009

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    Jewish cooking?! I think not.

    If you are looking to cook like a Jewish grandma, this is not the book for you! Crabmeat starters for Yom Kippur?! Lots of meat dishes and recommended with cheese-based sides?! Your Jewish Grandmother would be shocked and saddened to find that these recipes are what's passed off as Jewish cooking. The authors spend a lot of time worrying about kosher wine, what about kosher food and kosher recipes?! HELLO?! Just because there's a brisket and kugel recipe does not make this a Jewish cookbook. Look for a Joan Nathan book or even the Second Ave Deli cookbook if you want the real story in Jewish cooking. Those recipes aren't that hard, and if you want to be a real balabusta and make your grandparents proud...don't serve crab on erev yom kippur! APPALING! I can't believe I spent money on this book.

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

    Fun Book for Beginners!

    This book states right up front that it's not kosher and most definitely not about sticking to any rules. What it is, is a great, informative, fun book that gives beginners the tools and tips to start their own family holiday traditions. The recipes are delicious and simple and the "Cliffs Notes" on Jewish holidays are perfect for those who need a little refresher course. It's lighthearted and doesn't take itself too seriously... and that's exactly what sets it apart from other "Jewish" cookbooks. I've already gifted it to several friends who loved it.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    Love This Book!

    As a newlywed, I knew the time was coming when I was going to have to host the jewish holidays for my parents and in-laws - the stress! My mom isn't much of a cook, none of her recipes were written down anyway, and a lot of the Jewish cookbooks I found were more snazzy, new, international or exciting ways of cooking for the holidays - not what I was looking for. I love the traditional dishes and a cookbook like this was exactly what I needed. I practiced a few recipes: the noodle kugel and the brisket, and they turned out phenomenally - the best versions of these dishes I have ever had! The book was easy to follow, cute and fun. I am looking forward to sharing these recipes over the holidays with my family. Simply put, this book was a lifesaver. It would also make a great bridal shower or housewarming gift. Order it - you will love it!

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