The Jewish Holiday Kitchen: 250 Recipes from Around the World to Make Your Celebrations Special

by Joan Nathan

Book, 1998



Call number

699 NAT


Schocken (1998), 416 pages


Jewish holidays are defined by food. Yet Jewish cooking is always changing, encompassing the flavors of the world, embracing local culinary traditions of every place in which Jews have lived and adapting them to Jewish observance. This collection, the culmination of Joan Nathan's decades of gathering Jewish recipes from around the world, is a tour through the Jewish holidays as told in food. For each holiday, Nathan presents menus from different cuisines--Moroccan, Russian, German, and contemporary American are just a few--that show how the traditions of Jewish food have taken on new forms around the world. There are dishes that you will remember from your mother's table and dishes that go back to the Second Temple, family recipes that you thought were lost and other families' recipes that you have yet to discover. Explaining their origins and the holidays that have shaped them, Nathan spices these delicious recipes with delightful stories about the people who have kept these traditions alive. Try something exotic--Algerian Chicken Tagine with Quinces or Seven-Fruit Haroset from Surinam--or rediscover an American favorite like Pineapple Noodle Kugel or Charlestonian Broth with "Soup Bunch" and Matzah Balls. No matter what you select, this essential book, which combines and updates Nathan's classic cookbooks The Jewish Holiday Baker and The Jewish Holiday Kitchen with a new generation of recipes, will bring the rich variety and heritage of Jewish cooking to your table on the holidays and throughout the year.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member beachgirl66
My copy is actually from 1979, and belonged to my Great Aunt Mildred. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet because I just inherited the book, but there are all the traditional recipes including complete holiday menus.

The first thing I'm trying, is the Chocolate Rugelach. Yum! Check back after New
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Year's to see how that turned out.
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LibraryThing member bookczuk
When my mother's Art of Jewish Cooking [Jennie Grossinger] finally fell apart, I updated to Joan Nathan. Yay!

Packing away now as we declutter the house, preparing to put it on the market.
LibraryThing member bostonian71
Another excellent cookbook and collection of stories from Joan Nathan, this one focusing on recipes for the major Jewish holidays and lifecycle events. I really liked imagining these dishes and learning about the customs of different Jewish communities and the significance of the foods that
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accompany Passover, Purim, etc. I did find that a few of the instructions are a little vague (or possibly assume more knowledge than this novice has), but this was a minor flaw in an otherwise enjoyable reference.
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LibraryThing member nbmars
As the author writes in her Introduction, “For many people of all ethnic groups, holidays are the last ties binding them to their family and their traditions.” She avers this is even more true for the Jews, both because of the importances of their dietary laws, and the “table-centered
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rituals” involved in many of the holidays. She gives background on the dietary rules and what they entail before starting the recipes. In addition, before each section (the book is divided by holidays), she gives more specific background on food traditions associated with that holiday and where she got the recipes.

Many of the recipes are very basic and familiar to Americans, such as for hallah, kugel, kreplakh, knishes, honey cake, and even Grossinger’s famous blintzes. Additionally there are quite a few recipes from Jewish communities in other countries, such as Hungarian Kugelhopf, Persian Rice and Fruit Stuffing, and Russian Pashtida.

This book should satisfy cooks of all ethnicities, for truly, most of them have analogues to what are thought to be “Jewish” dishes.
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Physical description

416 p.; 9.16 inches


0805211098 / 9780805211092
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